YMCA, TST (First generation) [1925-c.1990]

Submitted by David on Thu, 02/25/2010 - 23:15
Current condition
Demolished / No longer exists
Date completed
Date closed / demolished
(Day, Month, & Year are approximate.)


  • 1924: Foundation stone for the main building is laid on 21st January:
Foundation Stones, YMCA Building, Salisbury Road, Hong Kong 1924., by HIstoryBuff6
  • 1925: Building opened on 26 November (see clipping).
  • 1932: New West wing is opened on 2nd February (see clipping).
  • 19??: At some time after 1960, photos show a new East wing is added.
  • 19??: Around the late 1980s the building is demolished, and the current building is built on this site.
Later place(s) at this location


Photos that show this Place


spent a lot of time at the Y back in late 70s during my teens, both as a member and later, as a youth program worker.  in late 70s, the Y still preserved most of the building as seen in the 1927 pic except they added a new highrise attached to the old building. however, i love the old building so much more than the new. the West Hall, Roof Garden (on the 5th floor).  i loved the "Roof Garden" which had a clear view to the harbor and HK Island. some of my friends played soccer or cricket on the empty lot where the rail track was once located (this was before they built the Science Museum).  i remember the foundation stone well, the stone was at the Salisbury Rd front entrance.  to the right of the entrance was a little barber shop and to the left a cafeteria. on the second floor was a library and a dining room.  there were quite a number of retired British servicemen lived on the 3rd and 4th floor of the old wing. i remember them well, they all had some unique personality. finally, the most impressive part of the old building was an old 1910s elevator.  exactly the kind of elevator shown in many Hollywood movies depicting 1920's Chicago. i left HKG in 1981 and when i returned to the Y in 1998, everything was gone....