Second Minister for National Development Desmond Lee presents Archbishop William Goh with the Architectural Heritage Award for the restoration of the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd.

By Jared Ng

The Cathedral of the Good Shepherd received the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Architectural Heritage Award for restoration on Oct 31. Mr Desmond Lee, Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for National Development, was the guest-of-honour at the event held at the cathedral’s annex building.

He presented Archbishop William Goh with the award that recognises projects which demonstrate exemplary restoration of gazetted heritage buildings.

In his speech, Mr Lee lauded the cathedral community and the project team for enhancing “the heritage value through the creation of a heritage gallery, onsite storyboards, publications and a docent programme”.

He said that the restoration of the 170-year-old cathedral was able to capture “the stories of the building’s past beautifully.”

The URA citation for the award states that “many of the cathedral’s original architectural elements have been successfully reinstated and given a new lease of life.

“Among them are the chequerboard light and dark colour floor tiles, the multi-coloured stained glass, the unusual green glass louvered windows and the distinctive reverberant pipe organ.”

The citation also states: “With its grounds open to visitors from all faiths, this exemplary project has brought back the glow to the ‘Mother Church’ and firmly anchored its presence in the heart of our city.”

Msgr Philip Heng, cathedral rector, expressed his “joy and gratefulness” for the award. He told Catholic News that the cathedral would continue to serve the spiritual needs of the community as well as “be a pillar of faith and unity for all people”.

The Warehouse Hotel, located at Havelock Road, was the other recipient of the Architectural Heritage Award while the Red House at East Coast Road received a Special Mention. 

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