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Yamakawa Hotel / Nagasaki Joe Hotel (19??-19??) [????-????]

Submitted by David on Sat, 12/19/2009 - 17:14

62 and 63 Gloucester Road. (On the west side of the junction of Luard & Gloucester Roads).

The location is given in the report on the annual session of the Licensing Board, reported on page 5 of the 8th Nov 1939 issue of the HK Daily Press. It notes that a Restaurant Adjunct Licence was issued to 'Tainosuke Yamakawa, Nagasaki Joe Hotel, 62 and 63, Gloucester Road ground floors.'

Union Church

Submitted by David on Mon, 11/30/2009 - 16:16

A recent RAS talk by Dr Brooke Himsworth covered the history of Union Church. It's currently on Kennedy Road, but he explained this is the fourth church building already. It has moved twice, and disappeared once in its 150+ year history.

The church was founded by James Legge, an active man in Hong Kong's early history. The first church was built on Hollywood road around 1844/5.

Next they moved to Staunton Street, opening a more substantial church there in 1865.

Marble Hall / Admiralty House [1904-1953]

Submitted by David on Tue, 11/24/2009 - 10:14

Built as Sir Paul Chater's residence. Later it became the residence of the Naval Commander-in-Chief of the China Squadron, and was known as "Admiralty House".

It was damaged by fire in the 1940s, shortly after the end of the war. "It apparently stood derelict until demolition commenced in November 1953 and a block of government flats was erected."