Birthday Buildings in 2014

Looking through Gwulo's list of buildings, how many have a major birthday this year? Lets start with those that have made it to 50 ...


50 years old

Not very exciting, is it? The best-known building on the list is a carpark!

You can see it on the left edge of this 1979 photo of TST. It's about about half way down, next to the golden-coloured Sheraton Hotel:

If you have any sentimental attachment to this carpark (!), you'd better visit soon. The site goes up for auction at the end of this month.


75 years old

Date Place completed Title
1939 Aberdeen Battery, Ap Lei Chau [1939- ]
1939 AOP, Middle Spur [1939- ]
1939 Bluff Head Battery, Stanley [1939- ]
1939 Chung Hom Kok Battery BOP, Chung Hom Kok [1939- ]
1939 Collinson Battery BOP, Cape Collinson [1939- ]
1939 D'Aguilar Battery BOP 1, Cape D'Aguilar [1939- ]
1939 D'Aguilar Battery BOP 2, Cape D'Aguilar [1939- ]
1939 D'Aguilar Battery BPR, Cape D'Aguilar [1939- ]
1939 D'Aguilar Battery, Cape D'Aguilar [1939- ]
1939 Jubilee Battery [1939- ]
1939 LL 001, Sha Wan [1939- ]
1939 LL 002, Pok Fu Lam [1939- ]
1939 LL 003, Kong Sin Wan [1939- ]
1939 LL 004, Kong Sin Wan [1939- ]
1939 LL 005, Kong Sin Wan [1939- ]
1939 LL 006, Pok Po Wan [1939- ]
1939 LL 007, Kai Lung Wan [1939- ]
1939 LL 008, Aberdeen Praya [1939- ]
1939 LL 009, Aberdeen Praya [1939- ]
1939 LL 011, Ap Lei Chau [1939- ]
1939 LL 012, Po Chong Wan [1939- ]
1939 LL 013, Tai Shue Wan [1939- ]
1939 LL 014, Deep Water Bay [1939- ]
1939 LL 015, Deep Water Bay [1939- ]
1939 LL 016, Deep Water Bay [1939- ]
1939 LL 017, Repulse Bay Beach [1939- ]
1939 LL 018, Repulse Bay Beach [1939- ]
1939 LL 019, Middle Bay Beach [1939- ]
1939 LL 020, South Bay Beach [1939- ]
1939 LL 021, Chung Hom Kok Beach [1939- ]
1939 LL 022, Stanley Bay [1939- ]
1939 LL 023, Stanley Bay [1939- ]
1939 LL 024, St Stephen's Beach [1939- ]
1939 LL 025, Wong Ma Kok [1939- ]
1939 LL 026, Tweed Bay [1939- ]
1939 LL 027, Tung Tau Wan [1939- ]
1939 LL 028, Stanley Main Beach [1939- ]
1939 LL 029, Tai Tam Bay [1939- ]
1939 LL 030, Turtle Cove Beach [1939- ]
1939 LL 031, Tung Ah Tsuen [1939- ]
1939 LL 032, Ngan Hang Tsuen [1939- ]
1939 LL 033, To Tei Wan [1939- ]
1939 LL 033a, Cape D'Aguilar [1939- ]
1939 LL 034, Shek O Beach [1939- ]
1939 LL 035, Rocky Bay Beach [1939- ]
1939 LL 036, Big Wave Bay [1939- ]
1939 LL 037, Siu Sai Wan [1939- ]
1939 LL 038, Chai Wan [1939- ]
1939 LL 039, Pak Sha Wan [1939- ]
1939 LL 040, Shau Ki Wan [1939- ]
1939 LL 041, Shau Ki Wan [1939- ]
1939 LL 042,Sai Wan Ho [1939- ]
1939 LL 043, Sai Wan Ho [1939- ]
1939 LL 044, Quarry Bay [1939- ]
1939 LL 046, Quarry Bay [1939- ]
1939 LL 047, North point [1939- ]
1939 LL 048, North Point [1939- ]
1939 LL 049, North Point [1939- ]
1939 LL 050, North Point [1939- ]
1939 LL 051, North Point [1939- ]
1939 LL 051a, North Point [1939- ]
1939 LL 052, Causeway Bay [1939- ]
1939 LL 053, Causeway Bay [1939- ]
1939 LL 054, Causeway Bay [1939- ]
1939 LL 055, Causeway Bay [1939- ]
1939 LL 056, Wan Chai [1939- ]
1939 LL 057, Wan Chai [1939- ]
1939 LL 057a, Wan Chai [1939- ]
1939 LL 058, Wan Chai [1939- ]
1939 LL 059, Central [1939- ]
1939 LL 060, Central [1939- ]
1939 LL 061, Central [1939- ]
1939 LL 062, Central [1939- ]
1939 LL 063, Central [1939- ]
1939 LL 064, Sheung Wan [1939- ]
1939 LL 065, Sheung Wan [1939- ]
1939 LL 066, Sai Ying Pun [1939- ]
1939 LL 067, Sai Ying Pun [1939- ]
1939 LL 068, Shek Tong Tsui [1939- ]
1939 LL 069, Kennedy Town [1939- ]
1939 LL 070, Kennedy Town [1939- ]
1939 LL 071, Kennedy Town [1939- ]
1939 LL 072, Kennedy Town [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 001, Sha Wan [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 002, Pok Fu Lam [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 003, Kong Sin Wan / Telegraph Bay [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 004, Kong Sin Wan / Telegraph Bay / Cyberport [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 005, Kong Sin Wan / Telegraph Bay [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 006, Pok Po Wan / Waterfall Bay [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 007, Kai Lung Wan / Kellett Bay [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 008, Aberdeen Praya [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 009, Aberdeen Praya [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 010, Ap Lei Chau [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 011, Ap Lei Chau [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 012, Po Chong Wan [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 013, Tai Shue Wan [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 014, Brick Hill / Deep Water bay [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 015, Deep Water Bay [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 016, opposite Middle Island [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 017, Repulse Bay [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 017a, Repulse Bay [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 018, Repulse Bay [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 019, Middle Bay [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 020, South Bay Beach [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 021, West Bay / Chung Hom Kok Beach [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 022, Stanley Bay [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 023, Stanley Bay [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 023a, Stanley [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 024, St Stephen's Beach [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 025, Wong Ma Kok [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 026, Tweed Bay [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 027, Tung Tau Wan [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 028, Stanley Main Beach [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 029, Tai Tam Bay near American Club [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 030, Turtle Cove [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 031, Tung Ah Tsuen [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 032, Ngan Hang Tsuen [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 033, To Tei Wan [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 033a, Cape D'Aguilar [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 034, Shek O Beach [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 035, Rocky Bay Beach [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 036, Big Wave Bay [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 037, Siu Sai Wan [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 038, Chai Wan [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 038a, Chai Wan [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 039, Pak Sha Wan [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 040, Shau Ki Wan [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 041, Shau Ki Wan [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 042,Sai Wan Ho [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 043, Sai Wan Ho [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 044, Quarry Bay [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 045 [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 046, Quarry Bay [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 047, North point [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 048, North Point [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 049, North Point [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 050, North Point [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 051, North Point [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 051a, North Point [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 052, Causeway Bay [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 053, Causeway Bay [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 054, Causeway Bay [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 055, Causeway Bay [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 056, Wan Chai [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 057, Wanchai (Hennessy Rd / Johnston Rd / Stewart Rd) [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 057a, Wan Chai [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 058, Wan Chai [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 059, Central [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 060, Central (VRC Steps) [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 061, Central (near No 8 Des Voeux Road) [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 062, Central (Connaught Road near GPO) [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 063, Central (Old Vehicular Ferry Pier) [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 064, Sheung Wan [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 065, Sheung Wan [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 066, Sai Ying Pun [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 067, Sai Ying Pun [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 068, Shek Tong Tsui [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 069, Kennedy Town [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 070, Kennedy Town [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 071, Kennedy Town [1939- ]
1939 Pillbox 072 [1939- ]
1939 Pioneer Memorial Church of Seventh-day Adventists [1939- ]
1939 Victoria Peak Artillery Observation Post [1939- ]
1939 Villa Ellenbud [1939- ]
1939 Wan Chai Gap Artillery Observation Post [1939- ]
1939 WWII Improvised battery in Apleichau - a possible location (A) with a platform of unknown origin [1939- ]
1939 The Dragon Inn (容龍別墅), 19.5 milestone, Castle Peak Road [1939- ]

Just like last year [1], most of our 75-years-old buildings were built for military use. A map of the pillboxes shows what they were intended for - a defensive ring around the island to protect against enemy soldiers invading from the sea:

The list isn't quite right though. It is supposed to show buildings we can still see today, but all the pillboxes along the island's north shore are gone. They were either destroyed during the fighting, or when the land was redeveloped later.

To the south of the island though, many of the pillboxes can still be seen:

Pillbox 21 at Chung Hom Kok

Pillbox 29, Tai Tam Bay

Pillbox 30, Turtle Cove 

Despite their important place in Hong Kong's history, none of the remaining pillboxes have "listed building" status.


100 years old

At the beginning of Bowen Road, this building celebrates its 100th birthday:

The toys in the bottom-left corner hint at the current residents, the Mother's Choice charity. Previously it was known as the Commodore's House, and was home to the senior officer of the British Navy in Hong Kong. Presumably he had a lot less toys.

Back when it was built in 1914, it belonged to the Hongkong Land Investment and Agency Company Limited. Their Company Secretary lived there, and would have had wonderful views out over the harbour.


125 years old

Just two buildings, and possibly only one as I'm not sure the "Peak Side / Bishop's Lodge" entry belongs on the list. It's true the original buildings date back to the 19th century, but are the original buildings still standing today? I guess the site has been re-developed since then, but can't find any proof of it. If you know, please can you leave a comment below?

The Battery on Stonecutters Island is another military defence. This type of battery housed much larger guns than the later pillboxes, and was built to fend off attacking ships from a foreign navy.


150 years old

Good to see that, as with last year, we can still find a building or two that have reached their 150th birthday. Both the buildings on this year's list are part of the Central Police Station site on Hollywood Road:

1900s view of the Barracks Block

1940 Group photo, Married Inspectors' Quarters in background


What have we missed?

So far at Gwulo.com we've documented over 2,700 places and buildings around Hong Kong. Each one has its own page, often with extra information and photos that show the building. The building names in the lists above are links, so you can click on any of them to see that building's page.

But there are plenty more we haven't got round to yet. If there's a building you know of that should be on these lists, please go ahead and make a 'Place' page for it. Click here for instructions on how to create a Place page.

All the lists of buildings on this page update automatically. eg Let's say you add a Place page for a building with a 1964 completion date. Then the next time you visit this page your building will automatically appear in the 50 years old list.

Regards, David

References:

  1. Birthday buildings in 2013: http://gwulo.com/node/17626

Also on Gwulo.com this week:

More chapters from Betty Steel's memoir:

Comments

Middle Rd Rd Car Park

I believe that the 'model' for several Government run car parks- including Middle Rd, the one near Shun Tak Centre and the one in Central near the Bank of America Tower were designed by Mr.David McDonald. They are all basically the same. He was Principal Government Architect at the time. He later became Director of PWD and then Director of crown Lands. He was also my ex-father-in-law! Later these car-parks were privatised of course.

100 Years

Kom Tong Hall located at Castle Road celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Built in 1914 by Sir Robert Ho Tung's brother Ho Kom-tong.

aetse

Buildings' birthdays

Bails, thanks for that. I also had an email reply from Mairi, Mr McDonald's daughter. I shouldn't have been so quick to write off the car park's sentimental qualities!

Aetse, we have Kom Tong Hall on the "100 years old" list above. Are there any others we've missed?

Regards, David

Building's Birthdays

If bridges are included the first Tsing Yi Bridge was opened in February 1974 by the Governor. That should make it 40 years old this year.

Yes, bridges are welcome.

Yes, bridges are welcome. I've made a Place for it at:

http://gwulo.com/node/20416

Check back in 2024 to see if it is still around to make the 50-years-old birthday list!

Regards, David