Martin House | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

Martin House

Martin House

1919 - ?

Date picture taken (may be approximate): 
Monday, January 1, 1940


Over on Flickr they date this photo as 1940's. The style of the bus certainly looks to be post-war.

The left half was replaced in 1955 with "Alford House" and "Ridley House" 1962.  Both these houses are to be demolished for an extention to the Central Hospital - while the older buildings are to be protected.

Hi, I am interested in knowing more about the demolition plans for Alford House and Ridley House for an extension to Central Hospital. Is there some public records/proposal/plans I can view?



All the historic buildings will be saved, but Central Hospital will be redeveloped.

Upon relocation of the existing offices to the new Central Government Complex at Tamar by end-2011, the CGO buildings will become vacant. Based on a recently-completed heritage consultancy study, the Main Wing and East Wing will be preserved for appropriate adaptive re-use, which shall be compatible with the original design and respect its previous function as the seat of Government. A free-standing office building for the Department of Justice is a very suitable use.

The West Wing, which is of low historical significance and architectural merit, will be demolished to make way for commercial development. Part of its present footprint will be redeveloped as a garden to preserve the existing greenery. Appropriate height restrictions and public access requirements will be imposed for any future development.


The New Tamar building was always intended so they could sell off Govenment land- yet continue to rent massive amounts of office space nearby.



LecCo - 1937 I do not know whether it is proposed to develop by building the site of the former Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank houses in St. John's Place, but I venture to express the hope that this is not the intention. I agree with what I understand was our late Governor's, Sir Andrew Caldecott's, view that such development of the Battery Path and Garden Road area would be vandalistic commercialization of what should be one of the most beautiful parts of Hong Kong. (Applause).

Thank you, that is very helpful!


I've removed "College Gardens" from this Photo's "Places shown"

This gives some of the background to the redevelopment - click on HKSKH compound redevelopment.

Contractors have already started deep drilling at the back of Martin House to check the underground stability or some such thing.

You have commented on this before and I wondered where I can find more information on the plans and what is to be developed etc???