Pedder Building

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Pedder Building was designed by Palmer and Turner Architects. It was completed in 1924, the same year as its neighbors, the China Building () and Queen's Theater, were built. The building was originally owned by Mr. So Shek Chung, then changed hands to Mr. Ng Wah in 1926. In 1962, the property was sold to Tai Kee Leong Co. Ltd, which was owned by Mr. Fok Ying-tung. The building hosted the headquarters of Jebsen & Co Ltd. from 1926 to 1992. This German import-export company was established in Hong Kong in 1895 and since then was trading all kind of foodstuff and products in Asia, from duck feathers to the well-known Blue Girl Beer. The building remains to be a private commercial building since 1920s.

Heritage value

Entrance of Pedder Building (2009).

Official Directory in 2009.

The building occupies a narrow site of 14.25m X 50.55m with an arcade at the front entrance on Pedder Street. It consists of 9 storeys plus one mezzanine floor and basement, and stands 35m above the street level. The architectural design of the building is typical 1920s office building, with its stone cladding on the base and Neo-classical elements such as arches, moulding, triangular-shaped pediment, columns and sculpted medallions. The architecture of the building follows a vertical layout, distinguished by a gound-floor on two levels, a mezzanine and four office floors, adorned with an in relief portico, directly above the main entrance, and finally one floor encircled by a balcony surmounted by two neutral levels. It is the oldest commercial edifice in town, and quietly and unpretentiously survives a world war and the better part of a century. There is an intermediate moulding above the three main entrance arches which used to be lined with a row of gargoyle masks flanked on the two ends by two giant bronze figures. However, in 1990, the gargoyles came loose and fell off, and the ornaments was removed since then.

Pedder Building symbolizes the colonial history of Hong Kong, the building is truly as valuable as the neighboring modern architecture. Its existence also proves to the world Hong Kong as an international city, where western and eastern culture can merge with each other in harmony.

Interior structure

Shanghai Tang at ground floor.

Occupying the ground floor and basement area of the building, Shanghai Tang is one of the prominent tenants in the building. The shop was founded by a local businessman, David Tang, and it is famous for selling pre-war retro-styled Chinese fashion. Other than this, oriental Chinese restaurant China Tee Club is located on the first floor of the building. It used to serve exclusive members only but now it serves non-members for dinner. It serves as an ambience far removed from the hectic urban pace of the city and provides both Eastern and Western cuisines. Both Shanghai Tang and the China Tee Club are obvious tenants that can be well blended with the vintage atmosphere of the Pedder Building.

From the first floor onwards, there are many tiny stores selling garments, jewelry, fashion, etc. There are also a number of clinics on one of the floors.

CBD context

Pedder Building From Landmark.

Locating in the central business district, Pedder Building is surrounded by skyscrapers and modern architecture. Opposite to the building is The Landmark, where high-street fashion brands and luxury shops are located. Noticeably, the passage next to the building is filled with local specialty booths including shoes repairing, watches repairing and stamps production service. In addition, the Pedder Building is part of the Central and Western Heritage Trail in the Central Route, together with other historic buildings and sites like the Steps and Gas Lamps on Duddell Street nearby.

There are numerous ways to get to the building. The D2 exit of Central MTR Station leads to the main entrance of the building. Other than that, buses from Mid-levels, Southern District and Ma On Shan can also reach the building. Besides taking MTR and buses, tram and minibus are the other two possible options too. Many minibuses drive through the Pedder Street.


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^ "List of Historic Buildings in Building Assessment". Memorandum For Members Of The Antiquities Advisory Board. HK Leisure and Cultural Services Department. 18 March 2009. pp.86. Retrieved 17 October 2009.

^ a b c Hui, Desmond(2004). 'Selected Historic Buildings and Sites in Central District', P.112. The Antiquities and Monuments Office., Hong Kong. ISBN 962-7312-12-6

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This article was published on 2010/10/10