Nos. 8-9 Tai Pak Terrace [c.1920- ] | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

Nos. 8-9 Tai Pak Terrace [c.1920- ]

Current condition: 
Ruin
Date Place completed: 
c.1920-01-01 (Year is approximate)

The Land developer was Mr. Li Po-lung (李寶龍), the elder brother of Mr. Li Po-chun (李寶椿) and the son of Mr. Li Sing (李陞) who was widely recognised as the most influential Chinese land developer in 19th-century Hong Kong.

It has been owned by the Hong Kong Society for the Promotion of Virtue, otherwise known as Hong Kong To Tak Wui (香港道德會, “the Society”) since 1927. and had been used as their HQ since.

The buildings are typical Chinese tenement houses of four storeys with a rooftop extension. They appear to retain much of the traditional style building designs and materials on the ground floor entrance, the curved narrow balconies with intricate iron railings in geometric Art Deco patterns and timber joist floors on the upper floors, and a common wooden staircase serving both tenements. Internally, there is little of architectural interest, but original floor tiles, wooden partitioning and some wooden paneled doors still survive. 

Source: http://www.aab.gov.hk/historicbuilding/en/314_Appraisal_En.pdf

I've also realized the english version of historical appraisal seems to be much more detail than the chinese one, fyi

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Hi There,

Google Street View captured the last remaining block of it back in 2016.  Don't know if it is still there now but I may make a detour and take a look next time I am in the area.

T

Hi Vvnnnx, the building was still standing in March, though it was just an empty shell. Has it been demolished since then?

Here's a photo I took in 2006, when the building was still in use:

Tai Pak Terrace
Tai Pak Terrace, by Admin

Thanks for the photo. I am uncertain, let me edit the status and go check out sometime.

I've also edit the description based upon its historical appraisal

Hi There,

According to Geoinfo Map, the lot is still registered to Hong Kong Society for the Promotion of Virtue Fuk Hing Tong.  

https://www.map.gov.hk/gm/s/B/1103124634

T

Hi There,

The old building shown in David's 2006 photo are #9 & #10.  #8 had been demolished quite some time ago to make way of newer building on the easterly side.

#9 & #10 are still standing but had been boarded up.  The windows are all gone.  No idea of the roof as it was very difficult to see from ground level.  There are reinforced steel bars on the second floor and it seemed they may have re-do the ceiling\floor.  I forgot to go to the back alley to take a look at its back side.

taipak_terrace_1.jpg
taipak_terrace_1.jpg, by tngan
taipak_terrace_3.jpg
taipak_terrace_3.jpg, by tngan
taipak_terrace_4.jpg
taipak_terrace_4.jpg, by tngan
taipak_terrace_2.jpg
taipak_terrace_2.jpg, by tngan

There is still a mailbox stating #9 & #10 nailed onto the board, full of junk.

T

Hi Thomas,

Zooming in to the streetview of the newer building you linked to, it shows "6-7" as the building number, so the old buildings should be numbers 8 & 9 as given in the AAB document.

Thanks for the current photos. I wonder how much longer the building will survive as it is all open to the rain.

Regards, David