73 Waterloo Road - Mok Hing Kiu's residence [1928-????]
This site was first developed as a residence for Mok Hing Kiu and his family, who lived here from 1928 to 1936. Mok Hing Kiu was a member of the comprador family associated with Butterfield & Swire. The site is Kowloon Inland Lot 2074.
When the family was living at No. 73, an aunt lived close by at what is/was No. 79 Waterloo Road.
As a result of the Great Depression, the house was repossessed by the mortgagee Ko Ho Ling. It is believed that he built another house in its place. In the 1950s, the Four Seas Hotel occupied the site, followed by the Four Seas Bowling Centre, and eventually the Metropole Hotel was built here. The hotel has now been renamed the Metropark. The Mok family house was built on a hill, which has since been levelled.
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On the ground floor, the parlour is coloured fuchsia, the dining room orange, the billiard room yellow. The stable of fighting crickets were housed in the billiard room!
On the first floor, the master bedroom is red, other bedrooms green and purple.
On the second floor, the boys' room is pink. The younger of the seven sons slept here, while the elder sons were at university.
ELEVATION WITH PHOTOS
The seven sons born to Mok Hing Kiu's first wife are shown in the photo taken beside the front door.
PLAN WITH PHOTOS
Mrs Mok ran a school for girls, and two of the photos on the top row are of some of the girls dancing at the house. Another photo of the seven sons is second left.
Several of the photos on the bottom row show Waterloo Hill in the background.
All research and images by Mok Wah Leong.