Peak Mansions & Mount Kellett, c.1950 | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

Peak Mansions & Mount Kellett, c.1950

Peak Mansions & Mount Kellett, c.1950

A photo of Peak Mansions and Mount Kellett in the early Fifties. The Peak Cafe is visible in the foreground, and the ruins of the old Peak Hotel (which stopped operating in about 1936) can be seen on the left. Note that the top of Mount Kellett is intact; the top was removed later on when a reservoir (I think?) was built there.  

Date picture taken (may be approximate): 
Sunday, January 1, 1950


Good photo, thanks. (I changed the place for the hospital, and also added in the Pek Cafe as place).

Well spotted about Mount Kellett's pointy top. Does anyone know when it had its haircut?

The top of Mount Kellet was cut off in about 1959/1960 so that a beacon could be installed to guide arcraft to Kaitak airport with its recently built new runway stretching out towards Lyemun.  I lived in the adjacent Peak Pavilions at the time and witnessed the work taking place.

James Fairbairn  

Thanks James. I'd assumed it was for a water reservoir too, so it's good to get the real reason clear.

In the 1980s, I wondered what used to be on the terrace-like structure next to the car park near the Peak Cafe. How come nothing was built on the site between the 1930s and the 1990s??

Hi James, do you know what the site is used for now?