Car Park, 1 & 2 Connaught Road [c.1960-c.1971] | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

Car Park, 1 & 2 Connaught Road [c.1960-c.1971]

Current condition: 
Demolished / No longer exists
Date Place completed: 
c.1960-01-01 (Year, Month, Day are approximate)
Date Place demolished: 
c.1971-12-31 (Year, Month, Day are approximate)

This was a curious piece of land. It sat vacant for over 10 years, just used as a car park. Normally construction starts as soon as the previous building is demolished, so why did this land stay empty for so long?

A rough timeline:

  • c.1955 - The New Oriental Building is demolished, forming the western half of this land.
  • c.1960 - Butterfield & Swire's building is demolished, adding the eastern half of this land.
  • Early 1970s - Construction of the Furama Hotel begins.