Tai O Police Station / Tai O Heritage Hotel [1902- ]
[Updated 28 May 2010: Replaced text about Tai Po Police station with correct text about Tai O. Thanks to Moddsey for catching the mistake]
The government's heritage website says:
The Old Tai O Police Station was built in 1902 to supervise the Tai O area with a main duty of combating pirates prevalent in the neighbouring waters. At the beginning only six or seven policemen were stationed at the police station but by the year 1983 the number of police officers had increased to over 180. In view of the extremely low crime rate in the Tai O area the Station was turned into a patrol post only in 1996. The Station was left vacant since November 2002.
Visit their website for more history, photos, and several 360-degree views in and around the building.
The Tai O Police Station is one of seven sites selected for a pilot 'revitalisation scheme'. The government's decription: 'Through good adaptive re-use of our historic buildings, we aim to give these buildings a new lease of life for the enjoyment of the public.'
The winning bid will turn it into a boutique heritage hotel.