Dent & Co. (Centre) / Holiday & Wise / later Melcher's - ML 7 Sec B [1858-c.1904] | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

Dent & Co. (Centre) / Holiday & Wise / later Melcher's - ML 7 Sec B [1858-c.1904]

Current condition: 
Demolished / No longer exists
Date Place completed: 
c.1858-01-01 (Month, Day are approximate)
Date Place demolished: 
c.1904-12-31 (Year, Month, Day are approximate)

Notes from Annelise:

Offices containing Eight Rooms, Compradore's Quarter, Spacious Fire-proof Treasury and Godown, capagle of holding about 1,000 tons.

Photos that show this place


This was the centre one of three similar buildings along the seafront. On the eastern side was 14 & 14A, Des Voeux Road, Central, and on the west was number 18. (Numbers according to the 1911 street map).

The earliest photos of this building show it was two storeys high, but in later photos a third storey has been added.

This was the central portion of Dent & Co's building (2nd Generation), the date is 1858-c1903/4

I suggest renaming this to Dent & Co Building (2nd Generation)  Eastern Section

I've never been clear on Dent's original land holdings.  What were the Marine Lot numbers?   Here are the numbers of the surrounding lots in 1924. 

The  original Marine lots on Queens road are labeled 2, 3 and 5.

Originally there were four lots between Ice house Street and Peddar street 2,3,4,5 (lot 1 was the other side of Ice House Street to the north of Queens Road)


3 & 4 merged pretty quickly and Both were owned by Dent since the first land auction of 1841. 


Lot 2 was Lindsay and Co.


Governor Bowring scheme in the 1850s to build a Praya along the entire waterfront from West point to the dockyard was frustrated due to the location of Lindsay and Dent.