Heritage Preservation & Revitalisation
Mallory Street / Burrows Street
- 7 Mallory Street
- Antiquities Authority Grading
- Grade 2 Historic Buildings
- Total GFA
- About 2,400 square meters
- Open Space
- About 300 square meters
The first pure preservation cum revitalization project of the Urban Renewal Authority (URA) at Mallory Street/Burrows Street in Wan Chai has been officially opened on 18 July 2013. The URA has appointed Hong Kong Arts Centre (HKAC) to be the Main Operator of the Mallory Street project to operate and manage the "Comix Home Base" under a five-year contract. The HKAC endeavours to use the Comix Home Base as a platform for exchange and interaction of the comic industry both locally and overseas.
Comprising a cluster of 10 pre-war Grade 2 historic buildings, the Mallory Street revitalisation project has been renovated in accordance with the requirements of the prevailing building regulations. There are certain modifications made to the cluster to provide lift installation for the disabled, fire services installations and other building services.
Prominent features of the project such as balconies, tiled pitched roof, timber French doors and internal timber staircase are retained and preserved.
The revitalised building cluster also includes a 300-square metre public open space for the enjoyment of the community. There are studios for comic and animation artists as well as a resource centre library that collects print and digital comic books and magazines. Other features included exhibition rooms, educational workshops, retail space for selling comics and related merchandise as well as food and beverages facilities/outlets.
The lot was first owned by the American firm Messrs Burrows and Sons and eventually Lawrence Mallory. The two streets were named after the two owners.
Hong Kong Land Investment Co. possessed the area around 1905 and turned the lot into 10 shophouses in mid 1910s.
Among which, Nos. 3-9 Mallory Street and 6-8 Burrows Street had been acquired and maintained by the government. Similar to the Blue House, the surplus green paint used for the external walls of the above numbers gave rise to the name of "Green House" of the cluster.