147 Argyle Street and Kadoorie Hill


Hongkong Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd. acquired a site of Kadoorie Hill and Argyle Street totalling 1.33m sq. ft. in a public auction in 1931. The development scheme provided for the building of a modern subsurb of detached and semi-detached houses with gardens and wide-approaching roads. The scheme was the largest of its kind to be carried out in Kowloon by private enterprise at that time.

Kadoorie Hill development inauguration ceremony in the early 1930s.
The development of Kadoorie Hill in progress.
Site formation in progress. The valley was being filled up and two granite hills levelled.
In 1932, part of the Argyle Street site of 16,050 sq. ft. was sold to China Light to build its Clock Tower administrative office.  Two separate residential blocks of six flats each were built next to it.  Site preparation and construction started in 1938
In 1953, the Administrative Building was decorated to commemorate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.
China Light acquired the adjacent residential blocks in 1959 and 1968 respectively, with a view to converting them into office use. The balconies in the flats were subsequently enclosed and the buildings connected to the office block.
China Light’s Administrative Building was inaugurated in 1940. The adjacent residential flats were rented out.  China Light’s employees were among the tenants in these units.
What is now known as Kadoorie Hill was all but barren in the early 1930s.
Site formation of the Kadoorie Hill.
Viewing Lion Rock and Kowloon from the Kadoorie Hill.
147 Argyle Street and Kadoorie Hill
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