1961 City Hall Construction

Wed, 10/12/2022 - 23:59
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Did the HSBC building have a Submitted by David on Sun, 05/14/2017 - 12:09

Did the HSBC building have a chimney? It looks as though there's smoke coming out of the roof.

HSBC building smoke Submitted by IDJ on Mon, 05/15/2017 - 18:11

The bank has money to burn!

Re: Chimney Submitted by moddsey  on Tue, 05/16/2017 - 06:38

The HSBC was a modern building for its time in 1935. I think the HSBC had an internal heating system that distrubuted radiant heat throughout the building. HK Telegraph 17 October 1934 refers. 

Many years ago I read Submitted by breskvar on Tue, 05/16/2017 - 10:36

Many years ago I read somewhere in the Chinese press that the HSBC building was the first building in Hong Kong to have air conditioning. 


Smoke coming from the HSBC building in Central. Submitted by walmer on Sun, 05/21/2017 - 01:47

Yes,that is smoke coming from the basement of the building.From October 1973 to March 1976 when I was working in  the Main Treasury of HSBC one of my jobs was to destroy all old, contaminated and torn bank notes by burning in the incinerator in the basement. These also produced a noticeable smell!

Re: Incinerator  Submitted by moddsey on Mon, 05/22/2017 - 19:08

In this photo from 1945 , I think the chimney can be seen at the western end of the roof-top.