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Heritage Preservation & Revitalisation

60 -66, Johnston Road

Location
60 - 66, Johnston Road, Wan Chai (part of the Johnston Road redevelopment project)
No. of buildings
4 tenement houses
Completion year
1888 - 1900s
The four bays of shophouses form a continuous façade verandah.
The four bays of shophouses form a continuous façade verandah.
60-66 Johnston Road (after preservation)
60-66 Johnston Road (after preservation)
In 1966, the Yu Clan purchased the building and inscribed the Chinese name of The Hong Kong Yu Clansmen Association on the top verandah facade. The interior is virtually untouched.
In 1966, the Yu Clan purchased the building and inscribed the Chinese name of The Hong Kong Yu Clansmen Association on the top verandah facade. The interior is virtually untouched.
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Carved moulding at the top of column
Carved moulding at the top of column
Timber joist support timber floors finished with tiles.
Timber joist support timber floors finished with tiles.
Timber staircase connecting each floor.
Timber staircase connecting each floor.
Woo Cheong Pawn Shop was originally owned by the Lo family, a well-known local pawnshop trader for over a century. The building might have been either first built in 1888 or renovated in 1948.
Woo Cheong Pawn Shop was originally owned by the Lo family, a well-known local pawnshop trader for over a century. The building might have been either first built in 1888 or renovated in 1948.
The ground floor terrazzo frontage of the pawnshop.
The ground floor terrazzo frontage of the pawnshop.
Arcade columns with Chinese character.
Arcade columns with Chinese character.
Timber floor is supported by timber joist.
Timber floor is supported by timber joist.
Canton tile floor
Canton tile floor
The granite capping to the balustrades.
The granite capping to the balustrades.
Urns at roof level.
Urns at roof level.
Original wooden doors.
Original wooden doors.
Wooden staircase.
Wooden staircase.
Wooden racks for pawn shop storage.
Wooden racks for pawn shop storage.
Roof supported by wooden beams and board.
Roof supported by wooden beams and board.

Project Status


Please refer to Johnston Road Project (J Residence) for details.

Historical linkage


  • The four bays of balcony type tenement buildings form a continuous facade verandah facing Johnston Road. It is quite likely that certain parts of the buildings could date from around 1888.
     
  • The buildings lie on land reclaimed before 1887.
     
  • In 1966, the Yu Clan purchased the building at 64, Johnston Road and inscribed the Chinese name of The Hong Kong Yu Clansmen Association on the top verandah facade. Woo Cheong Pawn Shop at 66, Johnston Road was originally owned by the Lo family, a well-known local pawnshop trader for over a century.

Architectural attributes


  • The 4 pre-war residential blocks are unique Chinese-styled tenement houses, Tong lau, that were occupied exclusively by Chinese and predominantly seen all over southern Chinese cities and town in the nineteen centuries.
     
  • Tong lau's existence was a culmination of a series of historic forces from economic development of Hong Kong, Second World War as well as the influx of Chinese migrants to Hong Kong.
     
  • The shophouses were a mixture of Chinese and Western architectural features. They were built in contiguous blocks in elongated layout and characterised by their narrow frontage. The shophouses have 4 storeys with verandahs facing Johnston Road.
     
  • Every unit is about 450 - 700 square feet with high ceiling and French windows to the balconies. Light wells are located between the living space and the kitchen at the back.
     
  • The shophouses did not have toilet provisions. The "nightsoil" from the pail latrine was collected by government scavengers at night.
     
  • Ground floor is devoted to family business whereas upper levels are for residential purpose.
     
  • Covered pedestrian arcade formed by the projected balconies and the columns on ground floor provides a sheltered area.
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