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P&T Architects & Engineers Ltd [1871- ]

Architecture Firm who designed many of Hong Kong's iconic buildings in the late 19th & early 20th Century under various names, most famously as Palmer & Turner. 


Timeline of Partners and Projects:


Wilson & Salway (est.1871-1875)

  • German Club (1872)
  • St. Peter’s Seamen’s Church (1872)
  • The Chartered Bank (1878)


Wilson & Bird (1881-1881)

  • Beaconsfield Arcade (1880)
  • St. Joseph ‘s English College (1881)


Eu gardens / Chan Gardens, Argyle Street [1938-????]

Date Place completed: 
c.1938-01-01 (Month, Day are approximate)

Early references to these buildings call them Eu Gardens, but by the 1960s they'd changed name to Chan Gardens.

This 1969 document gives the address as 158 Argyle Street: https://books.google.com.hk/books?id=4W0nAQAAIAAJ&dq=%22chan+gardens%22+...

District Watch Quarters [1902-????]

Date Place completed: 
c.1902-01-01 (Month, Day are approximate)

$1,000 was given by the government for construction of a District Watch Quarters/Station in Tai Ping Shan, the balance of the cost for the building being supplied by Messers Palmer & Turner, who carried out the work

Source (No 75)

Tai Ping Theatre (2nd generation) [1932-1981]

Date Place completed: 
Date Place demolished: 

Dates & location from Cinema Treasures:


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Sailors Home and Mission to Seamen / Harcourt House [1933-c.1983]

Date Place completed: 
Date Place demolished: 
c.1983-12-31 (Year, Month, Day are approximate)

1911 Survey of Chico Terrace

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
Places shown in this photo: 

This is a copy of the a survey done on Chico Terrace in August 1911 by the famous firm of Palmer & Turner. The Lots go all the way to the boundary wall between Chico Terrace and what is now Rednaxella.

Holland House [1937-????]

Date Place completed: 

9, Queen's Road Central.

Completion date taken from page 7 of the Hong Kong Daily Press for 29th June, 1937:

Holland House, the latest addition to the Colony's office buildings, has now been completed, and several firms will go into occupation during the week.

[It] is owned by the Hong Kong Land Investment and Agency Co., Ltd. It is a fine, modern-styled building faced with glazed tiles, designed for offices, with three residential flats on the upper storey.

Victoria Theatre [1911-????]

Date Place completed: 

These Flickr comments say it was on the junction of Des Voeux Rd & Pottinger Street. I wasn't sure which corner, but looking at the photo the combination of tram power lines and shadows mean it must be on the NW corner.

Opening / completion date from the attached clipping.

There's an entry for this cinema on the Cinema Treasures website.

Estrellita, Hong Kong's first Hacienda [1934- ]

Date Place completed: 

12, Repulse Bay Road

Notes from IDJ:

Bank of Canton [1924-c.1966]

Date Place completed: 
Date Place demolished: 
c.1966-01-01 (Year, Month, Day are approximate)

The 1924 PWD AR gives the location as " ML 102, section A".

See attached newspaper clipping for opening date, and architect (Palmer & Turner).

The demolition date of 1966 is a guess, based on a 1966 photo which shows an empty lot where the building was demolished. By the time this photo was taken in the late 60s, a new tower block has sprung up in its place:

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