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Robert Ho

Decisions expected on two historic sites

Secretary for Development Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor yesterday hinted at a swift decision on two heritage 'hot potatoes'. She pledged not to leave decisions on the future of the former government headquarters and Ho Tung Gardens to the next administration.

Thursday, 31 May, 2012, 12:00am

The house of Ho

'I would call it all second to garbage,' says Robert Ho Hung-ngai, with a self-deprecating laugh, after an hour recollecting his life.

The journalist-cum-philanthropist, who turns 80 this year, belongs to the third generation of the Hotung family, the Eurasian clan that has left its mark many times over in the history of Hong Kong and, for a period, the mainland.

27 May 2012 - 12:00am

Foundation's last-ditch effort to save Ho Tung Gardens

A foundation backed by a nephew of the owner of Ho Tung Gardens is making a last-ditch effort to save the heritage site before the end of the government's term.

Heritage Hong Kong Foundation submitted a research report to the government two weeks ago, its chairwoman, Margaret Brooke, said.

7 May 2012 - 12:00am

A humble servant

Few of Hong Kong's most prominent families and clans play themselves down as much as the Ho Tungs.

'You should not focus on me,' says Robert Ho Yau-chung, great-grandson of late tycoon Robert Ho Tung, once the city's richest man, and also the eldest son of Robert Ho Hung-ngai, who founded the Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation in 2005.

1 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Proposal to save mansion rejected

The government is making a last-ditch effort to persuade the owner of Ho Tung Gardens on The Peak to keep at least the facade of the historic mansion.

8 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Preservation more than a matter of trust

Hongkongers frequently lament the destruction of old treasures, landmarks and oddities as the city relentlessly makes itself taller, more modern and more generic.

But even passionate preservationists were caught short by the price tag attached to efforts to save Ho Tung Gardens, the famed Peak property in danger of being demolished by one of its founder's heirs.

22 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Gardens are mine, Hotung relative says

The government could face a HK$7 billion compensation claim if it declares Ho Tung Gardens a monument, warns the granddaughter of late tycoon Sir Robert Hotung, who built the landmark on The Peak.

19 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Antiquities board gives historic villa new lease on life

A historic villa on The Peak that Hutchison Whampoa wants to redevelop is likely to be saved after the antiquities office raised its status to a top-grade historic building, giving the government the right to name it a protected monument.

24 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Axe hangs over private historic homes on Peak

Amid debate over the future of Ho Tung Gardens, half the remaining private historic homes on The Peak are under threat of redevelopment.

This has prompted heritage advisers to urge a rethink of conservation measures for what one terms an 'endangered species', and a public discussion on the willingness of taxpayers to acquire at-risk sites.

29 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Ho Tung villa owner fights back

Ho Min-kwan, the owner of the historic Ho Tung Gardens, yesterday defended her plans to demolish the main house and replace it with 10 smaller houses as a move to 'improve' her home.

26 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Historic mansion escapes demolition

The Antiquities Advisory Board has approved a government proposal to declare Ho Tung Gardens a monument to stop the owner from demolishing it.

The 84-year-old mansion is the oldest surviving residence on the Peak. It was built by the late Robert Ho Tung, the first non-European allowed to live there. Ho Tung's granddaughter, Ho Min-kwan, wanted to redevelop the site.

26 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Land swap offer to save historic Peak villa

The owner of Ho Tung Gardens will be offered land in exchange for the property to allow preservation of the site, which will be declared a historic monument.

22 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Weighing the cost of saving the past

Ho Tung Gardens is a magnificent estate, a mansion steeped in history surrounded by ornate gardens in a secluded location in the most exclusive part of town, The Peak. In other countries such a property would be highly sought after, with or without rules to protect its heritage.

17 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Keep historic estate intact, adviser urges

The chairman of the government's advisory board on historic treasures called for both the mansion and gardens at Ho Tung Gardens on The Peak to be preserved.

Bernard Chan said saving only one part of the landmark property, built by legendary Jardines' comprador Sir Robert Ho Tung for his second wife, would mean the property was 'incomplete'.

11 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Peak villa owner offers new deal

The granddaughter of late tycoon Robert Ho Tung who now owns his Ho Tung Gardens villa is offering a compromise - albeit a small one - in her drive to redevelop the historic site on The Peak.

17 Sep 2011 - 12:00am