Tuesday, 15 January 2008

This is what I found at lunchtime...

OK, so I went looking for it, it wasn't like I accidentally stumbled across this abandoned early 1900's (apparently haunted) mansion. I read about it in a recent HK Magazine and decided I should go check it out at lunch time because it is so close to my work. This derelict building is actually classified with the Antiquities and Monuments office of the HK government....amazing! Sorry for the sarcasm, but you wouldn't even know it existed...there are barely any buildings of notable history left. In true HK style, this building has been privately owned by a developer for 20 years, but is still sitting empty. This may have something to do with the fact that its rumoured to be the most haunted spot in Hong Kong. There is very little information about what is called 'Nam Koo Terrace' - on Ship Street (for anyone else in HK who wants a sneak peek!) on the internet. Apparently it was used during the Japanese occupation as a 'comfort house'. I'm not entirely sure what that means...but I think I can make a good guess. It's also very close to a set of tunnels that were carved out of the side of the mountain to be used in case of an air raid. Loads of interesting history (most of it hearsay mind you, but I'm sure the facts are just as fascinating), and its gorgeous. It's a freakin' crime that its sitting there empty!
I did read though that it was propsed by the developer to be knocked down as part of a new hotel complex to be constructed in the area, but thankfully the nearby residents opposed it and now its apparently going to be preserved and opened to the public. I'd love to be the one to restore it to its former glory!




11 comments:

The Peak of Chic said...

Oh, I wish you could restore it too! What a beautiful building, and such a shame to raze it.

stljoie said...

Wow...it is a beauty.

Habitually Chic said...

How fabulous! I love old houses and have also dreamed about renovating one. You should see who is working on the preservation and see if they need professional or even volunteer help. It would make an interesting book topic too. It could delve into the history and the before and after story. I suggest you for the job!

Suzy said...

I know POC, but I think they are going to keep it now and 'preserve' it...whatever that means...I hope its done properly.

Suzy said...

Stljoie - yes it is, but its in a rather sad state at the moment. But, I can report no sign of ghosts!

Suzy said...

HC, me too. We did renovate our victorian weatherboard home in Melbourne, but that is not quite on the same scale as this. I've decided I'm going to contact the owner and find out what their plans are. I would like to get involved somehow. And you're right, a book would be great!

An Aesthete's Lament said...

That is a fantastic and hauntingly beautiful house! I wonder what the history of it is. Likely built for an expat Brit, no? Really evocative of an era.

Me, Myself, & I said...

A solid building with good "bones" is so worth saving. I would be heart broken so see this beauty be torn down. Glad to hear the neighbors rallied to save it.

All Things Bright and Beautiful... said...

dear suzie ! yes I saw that published - go on you for posting on it!! I hope it gets saved!! - ps. great pics by the way!

designdna said...

oh to get my hands on a structure like that. so beautiful.

Anonymous said...

I'm looking into the house and want to form a group to make sure nothing evil happens to is (as is all too common in HK!)

If you have any info that might help me or want to join the cause, please email me s u n e e r (at) g m a i l