Chartered Bank / Standard Chartered Bank building [1959-1986]
The bank was named The Chartered Bank, until the friendly merger with The Standard Bank 1969.
I don't have an exact date for it's completion, but an article from the China Mail (1957-05-16, pg1) reports that the Governor, Sir Alexander Grantham, laid the foundation stone for the new bank building on that day. It was estimated that the building would be completed in 1959, and would then be the tallest building in the Colony at 244 feet from pavement to roof.
The article reports the speech by Mr Small, the Bank Manager, which includes some useful history of the bank's previous locations:
"The Bank opened its first office in the Far East in Shanghai in 1858, and in the following year a branch was opened in the area of what is now Chinese Street, near the Central Market and abutting on Des Voeux Road. This first office of ours in Hong Kong was on the city's original waterfront, for it was not until 1904 that the reclamation in the area was completed, transforming Des Voeux Road into an inland street.
By 1878 we had moved to premises at what is now No. 4 Queen's Road, and in 1890, when the lease expired, our nomadic progress continued with a further move to accommodation in Connaught House, on the site of what is now Edinburgh House.
Our present building in Queen's Road was completed in 1894, the site having previously been owned and occupied by the old Chartered Mercantile Bank of India , London and China, the forerunner of the present Mercantile Bank of India."
Architects: Palmer & Turner
- Standard Chartered Bank's history on their website