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@ Nature : A Joint project with the Urban Renewal Authority
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@ Location : 72-74A Stone Nullah Lane
(Blue House),

2-8 Hing Wan Street and

8 King Sing Street
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@ Site area : About 930m2
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@ No of buildings : 9 tenement blocks
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@ No of government and
private households
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: About 40
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@ No of private interests : 2

@ Building age : Mid-1920's / 1950s
Blue House
Blue House
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@ Commercial, cultural and community uses
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: About 2,305m2
@ Open space : About 220m2
Site Plan
Site Plan
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  Notice of Gazette

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Note:

Pursuant to section 23(1) of the Urban Renewal Authority Ordinance (URAO), it is hereby notified that the Urban Renewal Authority (URA) in association with the Hong Kong Housing Society (HKHS) will commence the implementation of Project H05-026 Stone Nullah Lane / Hing Wan Street / King Sing Street (the Project).

A plan of the Project, including the Stage I Social Impact Assessment (SIA) report, has been submitted to the TPB on 7 April 2006. In accordance with the Urban Renewal Strategy, a detailed SIA report (i.e. Stage II) has been submitted to the TPB on 19 May 2006.

The report will be made available for public inspection during normal office hours at the following Public Enquiry Counters on 23 May 2006 until the plan is considered by the TPB:

(i)

The Planning Enquiry Counter, 17th Floor, North Point Government Offices, 333 Java Road, North Point, Hong Kong (Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon); and

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The Planning Enquiry Counter, 14th Floor, Sha Tin Government Offices, 1 Sheung Wo Che Road, Sha Tin, New Territories (Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon).

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The Hong Kong Housing Society, 29th Floor, World Trade Centre, 280 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong (Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.); and

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The Urban Renewal Authority, 10th Floor, Lower Block, Grand Millennium Plaza, 181 Queen's Road Central, Hong Kong (Monday to Friday 8:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.).

* Figures subject to change

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72-74A Stone Nullah Lane (Blue House)

Listed as Grade I Historical Building by the Antiquities Advisory Board.
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Blue House was listed as "Wah To Hospital" (also known as "Wan Chai Kai Fong Hospital") in the 1872 Rate Book. It was possibly the first hospital in Wan Chai to provide Chinese medical services to local Chinese.
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The building was then used as a temple for the God of Medicine, Wah To (or "Hua Tuo") after the hospital closed in 1886.
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The 2-storey building was demolished around late 1910's or early 1920's and turned into four 4-storey tenement blocks in mid 1920's. The Ground Floor of 72 Stone Nullah Lane probably housed "Wah To Temple" after the tenement blocks were completed.
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The temple was subsequently replaced by a martial arts school in the 1950's by Lam Cho, the nephew of Lam Sai Wing (one of the followers of Wong Fei Hung) and later by the existing osteopathy clinic in the 1960's.
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Yat Chong College on the 3rd and the 4th Floors of 72 Stone Nullah Lane, was the only English School in the area before World War II. Kang Ham Free School on the 2nd Floor provided free education for children throughout the territory.
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The Chamber of Commerce for Fishmonger's was based on the 4th Floor of 74 Stone Nullah Lane as their meeting place. A set comprising a stone table with two stone benches for playing mahjong by fishmongers is still preserved in-situ on the roof of the building.
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Blue House
Blue House
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2-8 Hing Wan Street

Listed as Grade II Historical Building by the Antiquities Advisory Board.

The building was built 3 to 4 years after Blue House were built. No major alteration has been made to the building.

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2-8 Hing Wan Street
2-8 Hing Wan Street
Bird's eye view of 2-8 Hing Wan Street
Bird's eye view of 2-8 Hing Wan Street

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8 King Sing Street

Once used as a timber yard. The existing building was probably built around 1950's.

8 King Sing Street
8 King Sing Street

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The 8 pre-war residential blocks (Blue House and 2-8 Hing Wan Street) represent a rare assembly of entire block of Chinese-styled tenement blocks, Tong Lau from 1920's.
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Blue House is one of the few remaining Tong Lau of the balcony type in Hong Kong.
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The façade of 2-8 Hing Wan Street is well articulated in the Art Deco style.
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Apart from 72 Stone Nullah Lane, all the upper floors of Blue House are of timber structures. The 2 wooden stairs are well maintained with all the original elements intact.
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The roofs of 2-8 Hing Wan Street are timber structure paved with concave Chinese gray tiles.
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Public open space viewed from King Sing Street / Kennedy Street junction
Public open space viewed from King Sing Street / Kennedy Street junction
@ Perspectives of facade facing Hing Wan Street
Perspectives of facade facing Hing Wan Street
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Preservation / Revitalization Project Enquiry Hotline: 2839 7138

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