It was a part of the former complex known as Mountain Lodge, home to the then Governor of Hong Kong. However, the main building was demolished in 1946. The Gate Lodge remains, but no longer used as an official residence.
The Gate Lodge originally served as living quarters for the keeper of Mountain Lodge. It was declared as a monument in 1995 and it is now preserved in Victoria Peak Garden and used as a site office of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.
To put the building to meaningful use and leverage its historical legacy, Senior Government Architect Raymond Fung said it will be used as a public gallery.
"What we are going to do is to open this gate door, so that you can enter this 100 square feet (9.3 m2) space inside where we will put pictures and descriptions about the history of Victoria City and also Hong Kong in general, therefore giving information of our history to visitors."
- "Visitors' hotspot to undergo facelift", news.gov.hk 25 September 2005 (archive)
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