Shelter at Peel Rise Rest Garden [c.1919- ]

Submitted by gw on Mon, 05/23/2022 - 21:28
Current condition
In use
Date completed
(Year is approximate.)

A very attractive, Chinese style, pavilion stands in the small public park known as Peel Rise Rest Garden at the Jardine's Corner end of Mount Kellett Road.

north_side_of_shelter., by gw
south_side_of_shelter., by gw
internal_view_of_shelter_roof., by gw

In 2016, when I last visited, there wasn't any signage talking about its history, but the wooden rafters and roof tiles look quite old to my untrained eye.

The earliest photo I can find of the pavilion is this one, roughly dated 1930's, in which it appears towards the top right corner.

Jardine's Corner - Mt. Kellett, by Links Gwulo to Library photos

 The excellent "The Peak - an illustrated history of Hong Kong's top district" by Richard J. Garrett speculates that it was built in the 1930's, either as a rest place for sedan chair bearers or for members of the public using the park in which it stands. I'd say it's a rather ornate design for sedan chair bearers.

Para.108 of the 1919 PWD Report contains the following;

"A small shelter for children was erected at the junction of Mount Kellett and Chamberlain Roads, where a playground has been formed."

As the location matches I've given 1919 as the construction date, but I wouldn't describe the pavilion as a "small shelter for children", so I'm not sure if they are one and the same. Does anyone know when and why it was built? 

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