520-522 The Peak [????-c.1942] | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

520-522 The Peak [????-c.1942]

Current condition: 
Demolished / No longer exists
Date Place demolished: 
c.1942-07-01 (Year, Month, Day are approximate)

RBL 66.

I believe these buildings were demolished to create the site for the Japanese War Memorial, so I've guessed a demolition date of 1942.

Photos that show this place

Comments

David,

I agree with you that the two ( or 1 1/2 ?) old buildings stood on the site later occupied by the Japanese War Memorial and now by Cameron Mansions.

Moddsey's photo below shows the old buildings near the top right corner.

1920s Hong Kong East
1920s Hong Kong East, by Moddsey

This recent snap taken from the same spot shows Cameron Mansions (the yellow building) in the same place.

Cameron Mansions from Lugard Road
Cameron Mansions from Lugard Road, by gw

Further corroboration is contained in this 1930s map showing the larger and smaller buildings adjacent and in line in the upper center.

Extract of 1930 OS mAP
Extract of 1930 OS mAP, by gw

Jabalong's post of 9-12-2008 in www.gwulo.com/japanese-war-memorial quotes a SCMP article stating that the site had been occupied by Cable & Wireless buildings which were cleared for the construction of the Japanese Memorial, This must have occured after the Japanese occupation on 25-12-1941 and before the laying of the foundation stone of the Memorial on 8-12-1942. As they would have had other things to think about in the immediate aftermath of the surrender, the demolishion date for the two old buildings should be 1942 as you mentioned.

I'm unable to pin down the construction date. The fact that the 1909 map at www.gwulo.com/atom/14774 shows a vacant site, but the 1924 map at www.gwulo.com/atom/13018 labels the site as RBL 66, No.520-522, suggests it was between 1909 and 1924.

If the SCMP's claim that the buildings belonged to Cable & Wireless is correct, they were presumably staff quarters. However, the 1936 Jurors List (Page 30) states that Edgar LEWIS, Exchange Broker resided at No. 520 The Peak.