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Hotel Mansions / Union Building [1905-1961]

Current condition: 
Demolished / No longer exists
Date Place completed: 
c.1905-01-01 (Month, Day are approximate)
Date Place demolished: 
c.1961-01-01 (Month, Day are approximate)

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1910s Hotel Mansions

Many years ago, in fact it was during the first World War, about ten of us were living in the Hotel Mansions which was atop a building across Des Voeux Road from the Hong Kong Hotel proper, but of which it was part.

Hotel Mansions/Union Building


Completed in 1905 as extension to HK Hotel

In 1921  Union Insurance of Canton bought  Hotel Mansions and renamed it Union Building


Bought by HK Land 1946

Old Union Bulding demolished in early 1961

Union House phase 2 completed in 1962


Source: HK Land at 125

I've updated the demolition date from 1958 to 1961. Please could you let us know the source, for reference?

I've found confirmation of the completion date in the 1905 PWD Annual report:

The remaining large blocks of buildings on the Praya reclamation east of Pedder Street, including "Hotel Mansions", "King's Building", "York Building" and "Royal Building", were completed during the year.

Source is the Hong Kong Land at 125 year anniversary book here

Hotel-Mansions - Central Praya -1907
Hotel-Mansions - Central Praya -1907, by Chinarail- (Enhanced scan- from the 'Far Eastern Review' - Sep.1907