Birthday Buildings in 2015
It's nearly the end of the year, and I've just realised I haven't done a birthday list yet. We'll fix that pronto, starting with buildings that celebrated their 50th birthday this year...
Prince's Building is an easy one that everyone can recognise. It's still under construction in the centre of this c.1964 photo:
But by 1966 it's all finished and gleaming white:
I guess some readers will also recognise the Mansfield Road Government Quarters, and may even have lived there:
For the third year in a row, most of our 75-year-old buildings were built as part of the preparations for war. The couple of civilian buildings are the Tak Wing pawn shop at 72, Des Voeux Road (the building with what looks like a flagpole in this photo):
And China Light & Power's building over on Argyle Street, seen here soon after completion:
Central Magistracy and E Hall are both part of the Central Police Station site, currently being renovated.
May Hall is at Hong Kong University, and is shown in the photo below, the youngest and highest of these three University Hall buildings.
In front of May Hall is is Eliot Hall, finished in 1914, then at the bottom is Lugard Hall, finished in 1913 but since demolished.
A couple more military buildings, one in "Lye Yue Mun" at the eastern entrance to the harbour, and one at Stonecutters Island to the west:
The third place isn't a building, it's an engraved stone slab commemorating the start of the major reclamation from Des Voeux Road out to Connaught Road:
You can find it tucked away in a corner of Chater Garden.
[UPDATE 2017: C has noted that Tai Fu Tai Mansion fits the bill, and I've added a page for it] Sorry to say, the "150" list is empty this year. If you know of any 150-year-old buildings in Hong Kong that are still standing, please could you let us know in the comments below?
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If you'd like to see what information and photos we have for any of the buildings shown above, just click on the blue building name in the list. You can also click on any photo to see a larger version you can zoom in to.
PS Apologies for the glut of messages this week. There are two more I hope to post before the weekend, then I'll be away on vacation for a couple of weeks.
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