European House #27, Cheung Chau [????- ]
Earlier notes about this building.
Base on the map, the present day location of House #27 is the Xavier House, Ignatian Retreat Centre. It is still be listed as #27, Peak Road, Cheung Chau. The main entrance is on the Tin Fok Pavilion side. There is a back door facing #27A, however.
Many thanks tngan. Is this the original house or a newish building?
The location marked House #27 in the old map is not the main building of the present day Xavier House. Its location appeared to be sort of an annex to Xavier House which looked like a kitchen of sort. The building looked post WWII. If you refer to recent maps or the Map Search of Hong Kong Map Service, you should be able to compare see it clearly.
Actually there are a few photos at the Xavier House' Website showing the house sitting where House #27 used to be. Please go to the link and scroll down to the photo of Fr. Walling SJ. The building right behind him is the one.
There is a photo from one of the 'gordon670' photo gallery ,which has the original house #27 stands right in the centre of the photo with a newer building nearby. To view this photo,as your homework, please do google search on
" cheung chau island 1959 gordon670"
and pick the one as described above.
Compare of today's scenario, you maybe able to figure out lots of the changes had happened since.
The 1959 photo of cheung chau has the House #27 right in the picture centre, as it was the only building situated on top of the small hill surrounded by a cluster of pine trees and various flowering plants.
Nearby and partially hidden from the sight, there is also a new, and much larger building ,supposed to be an expansion of the #27's institute. By the way, House #30 was known as the Radar Station and had staffs in military uniform visiting regularly. Upper part of this photo was also the flight path for all air traffic flying to Kai Tak. Most of the planes would lower the landing gears from above the noth-side of House #30 and # 27, on a would-be landing descent toward the Police Station, passing over so low like only one or two hundred feet airborne .Once the plane left the island airspace, it would retract the landing gear and climb up for a normal flight at a much higher altitute to Kai Tak Airport.
The photo Tung Lin mentions is at: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/47038431