The Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, gazetted as a National Monument in 1973, has undergone successful restoration works with support from the National Heritage Board’s National Monuments Fund. The restoration works were completed in November 2016.
Guided by a conservation specialist, the restoration reinstated many of the original architectural elements in the 170-year-old building. These included the distinctive chequerboard-patterned floor, green glass louvered windows, as well as the oldest surviving pipe organ in Singapore. The cathedral’s stained glass windows, installed in the early 1900s, were meticulously documented and dismantled for restoration off-site, before careful reinstatement on-site.
A lighter colour scheme inspired by the original paintwork was also adopted after detailed examination of the layers of paint coating. To ensure the building’s durability, the ground floor slab was reinforced with elaborate underpinning works, while the existing building fabric was strengthened with fibre-reinforced polymer wrapping.
The cathedral was conferred an Honourable Mention in the 2017 UNESCO Asia Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation and the 2017 URA Architectural Heritage Award.