[20 April 2018: Updated: Herostratus has identified this as Sharp & Co.'s building. See comment below.]
There's a three-storey building on the seafront in old photos of TST. Look at the building in the centre of this photo:
I asked what it was, and Moddsey replied with these notes:
From photos I have seen, the building became prominent on the TST waterfront in the 1890s i.e. prior to the extension of the Naval Dockyard on Hong Kong Island and reclamation of TST for the Kowloon Canton Railway.
This photo postcard of TST I assume is from 1900.
The following information is extracted and condensed from the KCR archives.
In 1912, it was decided to build the Terminal Station in Kowloon and purchase Kowloon Marine Lots 3, 9, 74 and 75 and acquire a portion of land in the occupation of Messrs. Holt and Co to gain access to the proposed New Station. An equal amount of Railway property on the TST waterfront was exchanged for the latter parcel of land. Work then commenced on raising the Praya Wall at Kowloon Point and demolition of the warehouses and other buildings on site.
More digging will be required to ascertain who had previously owned the Kowloon Marine Lots (Kowloon Wharf?) or whether the mystery building had previously belonged to Messrs. Holt and Co.
I've made a rough guess at dates:
- Completion in 1895, ie mid-1890s as Moddsey notes
- Demolition in 1912 for KCR work
Corrections & extra information welcome!