HSBC headquarters (3rd Generation)

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 22:44

The familiar HSBC headquarters building unclothed during its construction in 1934

Date picture taken
15 Jun 1934


My mother worked for 'The Bank' for almost 30 years, in that fantastic old building - she looked out onto Statue Square from her office - across the tram tracks. In fact she was looking out of her window on one occasion when she saw a European woman "walk into a moving tram"! Luckily she was not too badly injured!

She told me that it (the building) was way ahead of it's time in terms of design - wondeful air-conditioning using water drawn in from the harbour (?). It also housed many other institutions including the American Club at one time.