Observatory Villas [1902-1954]
The buildings at Nos. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 Observatory Road were built in
1955 to replace a row of colonial villas (known as “Observatory Villas” [Tin
Man Toi Ok U.] 天文台屋宇) built around 1902. The ownership record of the
site can be dated to around 1875 when lot K.I.L. 615 was sold to one of the famous Parsee merchant Framjee Hormusjee, who had operated in the opium trade in Canton (now Guangzhou) during the Qing Dynasty.
Subsequently, a row of villas, i.e. “Observatory Villas”, were built and sold house by house. One of these houses was subsequently sold to Samuel Macomber Churn, the chairman of Hong Kong Motorcycle Association.
Demolition date is a guess, based on the next set of buildings being built in 1955.