Richmond Terrace / Park View / Basilea Terrace, Mid-levels - IL 1216 [c.1880-1954]
Until about 1954, there was a row of six connected two-storey houses on Basilea Terrace, which was built on an old cutting raised above Lyttelton Road, mid-levels. I happened to grow up there but we had to move when a developer leveled the terrace in 1954 to put up high-rise apartments.
The Street Map of Victoria, c. 1915 (reproduced as end papers in the recently published Dictionary of Hong Kong Biography), shows a property named "Park View" in the same location. I would like to know if this was the name of the residences later renamed "Basilea Terrace." If not, when were the two properties built, and what other information is available about them?
- c.1880: Built. Believed to have been built as 'Richmond Terrace', which first appears in records from the early 1880s (see comments below.)
- 1906: The first mention of 'Park View' as an address in the Jurors' Lists
- 1914: The last mention of 'Park View' in the Jurors' Lists
- 1916: First mention of "Basilea", in Who's Who
- 1917: Pg 1115 of the 1917 Chronicle and Directory for China has an entry confirming the change of name:
- BASILEA, Bah-sik Li (formerly "Park View") in Lyttelton Road.
- 1917: First mention of "Basilea" as an address in the Jurors' Lists
- 1954: The building is demolished