Blue House (Hong Kong)

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Blue House
藍屋
Blue House HK.jpg
Blue House
Blue House (Hong Kong) is located in Hong Kong
Blue House (Hong Kong)
General information
LocationStone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Address72-74A Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Coordinates22°16′26″N 114°10′27″E / 22.273897°N 114.174146°E / 22.273897; 114.174146Coordinates: 22°16′26″N 114°10′27″E / 22.273897°N 114.174146°E / 22.273897; 114.174146
Named forBlue outer walls
Construction started1920
Completed1922
Technical details
Floor count4

Blue House (Chinese: 藍屋) refers to a 4-storey balcony-type tenement block located at 72-74A Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, China. It is named after the blue colour painted on its external walls. It is one of the few remaining examples of tong lau of the balcony type in Hong Kong and is listed as Grade I historic building.[1]

Historic background[edit]

The building was the original site of the first hospital 'Wah To Hospital' (aka "Wan Chai Kai Fong Hospital"), which was built in the 1870s in Wan Chai.[2] The hospital, which provided Chinese medical services to local Chinese, was possibly the first hospital in the district.[3]

After the hospital closed in 1886, the two-storey building was then used as a temple for Wah To (Pinyin: Hua Tuo), the revered Chinese physician from the Three Kingdoms period.

The Dit Da clinic in the Blue House

The building was demolished in 1920 and was built into four four-storey tenement blocks in 1922. The building was subsequently used as a martial arts school in the 1950s by Lam Cho, the adopted nephew of Lam Sai-wing, and as a Dit Da clinic in the 1960s.[3]

The building was acquired by the government in the 1970s, and in 1990 the outer walls were painted blue, thus earning it the name “Blue House.”[4]

Future revitalisation[edit]

All the upper floors of Blue House, apart from 72 Stone Nullah Lane, are timber structures. The two wooden stairs, with original elements intact, are well maintained.[3]

The building was part of a HK$100 million plan, unveiled by the Housing Society and the Urban Renewal Authority, to preserve nine Chinese-style buildings in Wan Chai that were constructed during the 1920s.[4]

The building has been preserved and revitalised in a traditional tea and medicine style.[5]

In 2007, the Urban Renewal Authority and the Development Bureau jointly announced that the residents of the Blue House, were to be allowed to stay in this historic monument.[6]

One of the ground floor's shophouses of the building was occupied as a location of the Wan Chai Livelihood Place, which was later renamed as the Hong Kong House of Stories in March 2012.

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