New Oriental Building [1898-1953]

Current condition: 
Demolished
Date Place completed: 
1898-01-01
Date Place demolished: 
1953-12-31

The building was completed in 1898.

The name suggests there was another 'Oriental Building' in Central. Can anyone confirm?

Photos that show this place

Comments

Not sure but this building may have had something to do with the New Oriental Bank that folded in the 1890s. The Bank was the first note issuing institution in Hong Kong.

1910s Cricket Club Pitch

 

Note the Butterfield and Swire Building was built in 1897 aprroximately the same period as the other buidlings east of Statue Square.

1910s Praya Central Buildings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

King's Building and the the GPO were completed in 1905 and 1911 respectively.

1910s Praya Central Buildings

 

 

The Telegraph Building was constructed in 1898 and housed two telegraph companies: Eastern Extension Telegraph Company and the Great Northern Telegraph Company.

St. George's Building was completed in 1904.

The 1899 PWD AR says:

The handsome Offices of the United Telegraph Companies next the Hongkong Club were completed and occupied during the year, also a large block of buildings adjoining it on the East [ie this building], next to Messrs. Butterfield & Swire's Offices.

We've got a couple of sources above giving the completion date as 1898, so I'll leave it at 1898 for now.

I tried a search for 'oriental' in the HK newspapers, 1897-1899. I didn't find any mention of this building, though of course it may not have had this name originally.

I've set the dates:

  • Completion: I received this very prompt reply from HK Land confirming the date: "As per our record, the first site to be developed on the Central Reclamation was Marine Lot 278 at No. 2 on the then newly formed Connaught Road, where a building that eventually came to be known as the New Oriental was completed in 1898. It was a 4-storey building and was Hongkong Land's first building completed on the new reclamation.  However, there is no record of who the architects were for this building."
  • Demolition: I've put 1963 as an estimate, because it's already been demolished in this photo, dated 1963:
    1963 Central Aerial View

Looks like the demolition date should be earlier than my current guess of 1963. The building has already been demolished in this photo, estimated to be from 1954. I've set the demolition date to be 1953 - if anyone can confirm the date, please let me know. (I've tried searches for oriental building and new oriental in the newspapers for 1945-60, but no luck)

2 Connaught Road (Later New Oriental Building)

 

Marine Lot 278 Acquired 12th October 1896 for HKD67,441

 

Completed 1898, designed by Architects Palmer & Turner

                Originally four stories, 5th Story added mid construction due to strong demand from tenants

Offices for

                Carlowitz & Co

Hamburg based China Export, Import and Bank Compagnie

                German Club leased part of Top Floor as did Japanese Consulate

 

Sold 10th June 1939 to Toshihiko Eto

                -possibly to spy on dockyards?

 

Mr Eto declared enemy alien after WW2, property passed to Hong Kong’s administrator of Japanese property

Became temporary headquarters of Hong Kong police until building in Arsenal Street was completed

 

Building sold in October 1954 to Kwong Hing Investment House

Demolished to become car parks until construction of Furama - I would change demolishment date to 1955-01-01