31 Barker Road (2nd generation Richmond House?) [c.1952-c.1999] | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

31 Barker Road (2nd generation Richmond House?) [c.1952-c.1999]

Current condition: 
Demolished / No longer exists
Date Place completed: 
c.1952-01-01 (Year, Month, Day are approximate)
Date Place demolished: 
c.1999-12-31 (Year, Month, Day are approximate)

This appears in the 1980 photo with a flagpole in its garden. I guess it was also called Richmond House, but can anyone confirm? It should have been around til the 1990s at least, as the current buildings on the site were finished in 2003.

Photos that show this place


While looking through Gwulo for "Barker Road" I found gwulo.com/atom/18665 from 1965.

I cut a detail from this one:

A detail from gwulo.com/atom/20997  (by Cliff_Dive, too) is shown below:

The second generation Richmond House can be seen already in 1965 on both pictures.

Notes from Compradore:

The design of the house looks similar to Shell's Belvedere on Plantation Road.  The long structure that connected to the house (rightmost side of the picture) would almost certainly be the servants' quarters.  I wonder if the garage was located there also, as it was with Belvedere. 

It seems there is another structure on the lot that is a small and square shape, with the roof visible above the servants' wing.  Any ideas what it is? 

Richmond House was sold in the late-'90s, if I recall correctly.  I think it was post-'98 Asian Financial Crisis.  In the late-1960s and 1970s, the general manager of the Union Insurance Society of Canton Limited resided in the house, although I don't know if the company actually owned it and if it was the eventual seller of the property.