Blake Pier was built on Connaught Road at the end of Pedder Street, and opened in 1900. The Report of the Director of Public Works for 1900 said:
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The 1910 postcard below describes the building as 'Hong Kong Telegraph Office'.
Soldier of Fortune starring Clark Gable and Susan Hayward is a story about a woman (Hayward) who comes to Hong Kong to look for her missing husband. She ends up reluctantly accepting the help of a local businessman-cum-crook (Gable) to rescue her husband from the clutches of the Communist Chinese on the Mainland.
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The book 'Sustainable development in Hong Kong' gives a brief account of the building's history:
Standing on a hill just outside the border of Tai Tam Country Park, the redbrick, two-storey house was built around 1917 ((actually built in the early 1920s, see comments below)) by the trading house Butterfield and Swire for the families of two middle managers. The company operated the Taikoo sugar refinery and dockyard, which were the main industries around Quarry Bay at that time.