House No.1 was built in the 1930s as a holiday retreat for the Chief Surveyor of Singapore, Landon Williams. It now serves as the Chek Jawa Visitor Centre and is located near the Chek Jawa Wetlands in eastern Pulau Ubin.
The Chek Jawa Visitor Centre (House No. 1) is Singapore's only remaining authentic Tudor-style house with a fireplace. It is constructed in an architecturally distinctive post and beam fashion with stucco-finished walls and gables framed by timbers treated with black creosote.
Restoration of Chek Jawa Visitor Centre (House No. 1)
When restoration efforts began in 2005, it was necessary to replace damaged roof trusses and termite-infested floorboards to restore the Chek Jawa Visitor Centre's original façade. Plastered stone and brickwork had to be stripped and reinstated with original finishes.
Chek Jawa Visitor Centre (House No. 1) Layout
The Chek Jawa Visitor Centre (House No. 1) faces the sea and possesses its own jetty. To the left of the rear entrance is a small building, probably used as a guardroom or storage room in the past. There is a fireplace in the living room, which has been bricked up as it houses a family of bats.