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Headquarters House / Flagstaff House [1846- ]

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Flagstaff House in Hong Kong Park Central is the oldest existing Western building in Hong Kong. Built in 1846 for Major General George Charles D'Aguilar, it was formerly known as Headquarters House. The building was renamed Flagstaff House around 1932 and remained the office and residence of the Commander of British Forces until 1978. It now houses the Museum of Tea Ware displaying Chinese teaware and related material of different periods. (from AMO website)

There is some debate over whether it's the oldest. The chapel in the colonial graveyard may be older


Photos that show this place


Online at the Museum of History

Flagstaff House
1846 Murdoch Bruce

Online at the Public Records office, for High resolution you must go in person.

Government plans to cut down part of the hill facing Cotton Tree Drive to build a new pumping station. They commissioned a Heritage Impact Assessment of the area here: http://www.amo.gov.hk/form/HIA_Report_Cotton%20Tree_%20Drive_%20FWPS.pdf

rather beautiful drawing of Headquarters House and Murray House by Lieutenant Martin here:


amazing that the two prominent buildings shown still exist (even if one was reassembled on the other side of the island.) Can anyone guess the rough location of the artist? top of Hong Kong park?