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 preservation cum revitalisation project of the Urban Renewal Authority (URA) at Mallory Street/Burrows Street in Wan Chai was officially opened on 18 July 2013. Hong Kong Arts Centre (HKAC) was appointed as the Main Operator to operate and manage the place as a platform for exchange and interaction of the comic industry both locally and overseas. The contract between the URA and HKAC expired on 31 July 2018. Starting 1 August 2018, the URA takes up the operations and management of the place which was renamed “7 Mallory Street”. In accordance with the recommendation from the business plan study conducted in 2009, the URA continues to operate and manage the place to promote art, cultural and creative industries.
Comprising a cluster of 10 pre-war Grade 2 historic buildings, the Mallory Street revitalisation project has been conducted in accordance with the requirements of the prevailing building regulations. Provisions under the adaptive reuse design to meet current regulations include 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.
“7 Mallory Street” provides venues including indoor exhibition areas and multi-function rooms for exhibitions, seminars, workshops and community events. The revitalised building cluster also includes a 300-square metre public open space for the enjoyment of the community, retail space as well as food and beverages facilities/outlets. Bookings can be made through the dedicated website.
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.
Features preserved in the Revitalisation Project
- Balcony (Cantonese version only)
- Brick wall (Cantonese version only)
- Ceiling (Cantonese version only)
- Window and door (Cantonese version only)
- Exterior (Cantonese version only)
- Staircase (Cantonese version only)
- Tiled roof (Cantonese version only)