28 Tai Hang Road (勤屋) [1928-c.1962] | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

28 Tai Hang Road (勤屋) [1928-c.1962]

Current condition: 
Demolished / No longer exists
Date Place completed: 
c.1928-01-01 (Month, Day are approximate)
Date Place demolished: 
c.1962-01-01 (Year, Month, Day are approximate)

Many thanks to Ashley for sharing his information about this property and its owner. I have copied it below:

Built: 1928 - (Phil's note: demolished sometime between 1960 and 1962).
Owner: Kwok Hin Wang (郭顯宏)
Named: Kan Uk (勤屋)

Mr. Kwok was born in Nanhai, Guangdong in 1891. He came to Hong Kong in 1902 and graduated from Queen's College in 1910. He worked in several shipping companies after his graduation until he set up his own 顯發公司 with shipping as its main business in 1916. He built 勤屋 in 1928 and served as district chief of Causeway Bay during Japanese occupation. After World War II, he founded another shipping company named 中國航運. 

Mr. Kwok was a philanthropist and an enthusiast of swimming and fishing.  He was the honorary president of Chung Sing Benevolent Society, and Nanhai Chamber of Commerce. He also served as the chairman of 華人游泳會 as well as committee member of Hong Kong St. John Ambulance, Nethersole Hospital and  Hong Kong Sea School.

He passed away on 2 October 1961 in Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital at the age of 70. 

Photos that show this place



A search on the website of a real estate agency indicates that the current building, also known as Kan Oke House (勤屋), was officially permitted to be occupied in November 1966. That's almost 55 years ago.

A 360-degree picture of the building by Google indicates that the big tree nearby is no longer there.