Blue House

Creating a new lease on life for historic tenement

Conservationists are keen to keep a historic tenement in Wan Chai alive with cultural and social activities for residents and visitors before the building is renovated next year.

Monday, 21 May, 2012, 12:00am

Old Tai Po Police Station in line for eco-friendly facelift

The Old Tai Po Police Station, a grade-one-listed heritage site, is in line for a facelift after Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden, a Tai Po-based organisation promoting nature conservation, won the right to carry out renovation and preservation work on the buildings and their grounds.

17 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Go back in time

Wan Chai - one of the oldest developed areas in Hong Kong - provides a wealth of heritage gems. This summer, nostalgia buffs can learn the stories behind the district's historic sites on tours specially designed for young people.

The tours have been organised by St James' Settlement for students who want to use their long holiday to explore Hong Kong's past.

19 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

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Root out lies in society

Telling lies is becoming a 'trend' in society and people seem to accept this.

When we were small, we were told to be honest at all times. Books have also taught us the importance of honesty.

Adults these days always blame their children for telling lies. But the adults themselves are like that.

17 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Blue House residents want say in revamp

Occupants of the historic Blue House cluster of buildings in Wan Chai want a say in selecting who will take over their properties.

The second phase of a heritage revitalisation scheme started taking applications from NGOs yesterday. Earlier this year six government-owned historic buildings were rented out as social enterprises.

29 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Out and about

Over the past few weeks, yet another heritage-grade building, the Wan Chai Market on Queen's Road East, has passed into the pages of the picture books that mutely lament 'old Hong Kong'. A prominent public landmark for a third of the time urban Hong Kong has existed, it was one of the few links with former times that remained.

7 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Revamped married quarters could boost flagging arts scene

There has been some debate in news reports and in these columns about the renewal of old buildings.

28 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Ideas wanted for Wan Chai sites

The government is now inviting private developers and non-government organisations to submit proposals to redevelop three sites in Wan Chai, namely the Blue House cluster on Stone Nullah Lane, Southorn Playground and Star Street. Wan Chai district councillor Stephen Ng Kam-chun said the committee fielding the proposals is open to all ideas.

3 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Housing Society to buy Blue House

The Housing Society will buy the Blue House cluster of heritage buildings in Wan Chai for HK$18.2 million and then hand ownership to the government, which will oversee their revitalisation. In doing so, the society was making a 'contribution to society', a spokeswoman said.

9 May 2008 - 12:00am

Blue House redevelopment campaign

The government is seeking expressions of interest from non-profit organisations to revitalise the Blue House cluster in Wan Chai. It includes 72-74A Stone Nullah Lane (Blue House), 2-8 Hing Wan Street (Yellow House), 8 King Sing Street (Orange House), and a block of vacant government land. The government will pay for renovations and provide HK$5 million for operating costs.

13 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Long-time residents left in dark over renovation plans

Yam Kwok-chu, 88, has been living in a ground-floor flat in the Blue House since he was a boy. When the government pledged to allow the long-term residents to stay in their homes, he wondered where he could live while it was renovated.

6 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Charity sets out new plan for Blue House

A charitable organisation hopes to engage residents who want to remain in Wan Chai's Stone Nullah Lane buildings - including the Blue House - in its attempt to revitalise the cluster of historic buildings.

6 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Urban renewal chief chased by 'Wedding Card Street' protesters

A meeting between the Urban Renewal Authority chairman and hunger strikers in Wan Chai's 'Wedding Card Street' ended in chaos yesterday as demonstrators chased him and blocked his departure.

The meeting was arranged after a dozen protesters opposing plans to redevelop the area presented a petition to the authority's headquarters.

25 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Blue House residents can stay after renovation

Residents living in Wan Chai's Blue House - one of the city's last remaining balconied tenements - will be allowed to stay if they want to after the building is renovated.

11 Jun 2015 - 4:33pm

NGOs may get HK$2m more for revitalisation of historic buildings

The government may raise the cap on a one-off grant to revitalise historic buildings from HK$3 million to HK$5 million in response to public opinion.

19 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

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