Architecturally, these terrace shophouses exemplify the earliest forms of modern buildings to be constructed in formerly rural areas. There is a touch of Art Deco in the pediment of 627 Balestier Road and the five-foot way is retained to provide sheltered access for pedestrians. This row of shophouses, which was developed by Ngee Ann Kongsi after the Second World War, has been conserved by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) for its historical value, which means that the owners and tenants are not permitted to alter the shopfront or external facade.
This stretch of shophouses is also synonmous with tau sar piah, a flaky pastry made from flour with a bean paste filling. Perhaps the most established tau sar piah shop along the road is Loong Fatt Eating House and Confectionery (639 Balestier Road) and a later arrival is House of Tau Sar Piah (529 Balestier Road).