The Arts House, a multidisciplinary arts centre was once a Court House, an Assembly House and the Parliament House. Opened in 2004, it is now a venue for exhibitions, showcases, gigs and even exclusive retail sales.
Built in 1827 as a private residence for a merchant John Maxwell, the building was used as a courthouse, municipal office, the Legislative Assembly and the Parliament until 1999. In 1854, the courthouse was deemed unsuitable for the Court of Justice due to the noise from the adjoining shipbuilding yard.
It is Singapore's oldest surviving government building.