The Denis Santry Collection is a compilation of 68 digitized images of old buildings in Singapore from the collection owned by Mr Denis Santry, a well-known Irish architect from M/s. Swan & MacLaren who designed one of Singapore’s famous landmarks, the Sultan Mosque, which was completed in 1928.
Denis Santry was born in 1879 in County Cork, Ireland, and came to Singapore in 1919. He joined Swan and MacLaren as an architect and by 1926, was a partner in the firm. Some of the other iconic buildings and monuments designed by him include the World War I Memorial (Cenotaph), Hongkong and Shanghai Bank and Union Buildings at Collyer Quay, Majestic Theatre and Prinsep Street Presbyterian Church. During his time in Singapore, he was also active in Singapore society, as an avid cartoonist and as President of St Patrick’s Society. He retired in 1934 and returned to England, then thereafter to South Africa in 1945 where he passed away in 1960.
The Collection contains images of historical buildings, including Tanjong Pagar Railway Station, St Patrick’s School, and drawing plans of Straits Chinese Methodist Church (now known as Kampong Kapor Methodist Church).
The digital rights for the images were provided by Mr Glen Christian, grandson of Denis Santry.