European House #24, Cheung Chau [????- ]

Submitted by Admin on Sat, 08/02/2014 - 18:27
Current condition

From A-brief-history-of-MIC.pdf:

On the 26 Nov 1926 the bungalow, No 24 Chung Chau, was sold by Randall Vickers and Mabel R Vickers to the Missionary Society in ‘natural love and affection’. Now known as Wesley Lodge, and it is part of the Methodist Church, Hong Kong.

Photos that show this Place


The outline of the building on the modern map looks very similar to the outline on the 1930s map. Compare…


Also the satellite view shows what looks to be the shadows of chimneys on a flat roof, which matches the view in the old photos.

If true, is this the last of the pre-war European houses still standing?

Our family lived in House 24 (white building near center of photo) during the years 1949-1950. According to my dad's journal, the house was rented from the Wesleyan Mission there in Hong Kong. I can truthfully state that my year in this house was one of the best in my life (I'm 83 YOA now).

Our family traveled to Hong Kong in 1988 and we made a visit to #24. At that time it was being rented by the US Navy as a R & R home for visiting sailors. The sailor in charge gave us a tour of the building and I found that it hadn't changed much since the days we lived in it.

I have been back to Cheung Chau a number of times since then and found that the house has been completely remodeled and is currently a retreat site for the Methodist Church.