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Address: No.15A Tai Hang Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Site Area: About 2,030 m²
Gross Floor Area: About 1,960 m²
No. of Storeys: 4 (the Lower G/F, G/F, 1/F, & Roof)
Year of Construction: 1933 – 1935
Land Use Zoning: "Other Specified Uses" annotated "Residential Development with Historical Site Preserved In-situ" on Draft Causeway Bay Outline Zoning Plan No. S/H6/15
Grading of Building: Grade 1
Current Management / User Departments: Antiquities and Monuments Office
In Use or Vacant: Vacant since 2001
Layout Plans: (This link will open in a new window)Click here to download


HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

The Haw Par Mansion together with its private garden was built by Aw Boon Haw, who was known as "The King of Tiger Balm". The Mansion was the Aw's family mansion and was restricted to private use, while the Tiger Balm Garden constructed adjoining the mansion was used to be open to the public for enjoyment.

The Tiger Balm Garden has been demolished. The Mansion together with its private garden has been preserved and passed to Government since 2001.


ARCHITECTURAL MERITS

Architecturally, the Mansion was built in the Chinese Renaissance style with a blend of Western and Chinese construction methods and architectural theory. The plan is, however, more Western being roughly symmetrical with the adoption of porches, bay windows and fireplaces. Internally, there are beautiful painted glass windows from Italy, carvings and mouldings, gilded with gold and murals showing Indian and Burmese influence. Over the years there have not been many changes to the Mansion, and its authentic appearance is retained.

The Mansion is a reinforced concrete construction. Floor plates of G/F and 1/F are about 650 m² each. Penthouse on the roof is about 80 m² and the Lower G/F is about 390 m². There is a private garden in front of the Mansion which could be restored to an attractive ornamental garden. The social value and local interest of the Mansion lie in its representation of a residence of a rich and powerful merchant family in the 1930s and a focal point of Chinese culture in Hong Kong.


ADAPTIVE RE-USE

Situated at the foot of Jardine's Lookout, the Mansion is located at a residential area of middle class and is surrounded by high-rise apartments of various ages. Immediately adjacent to the Mansion is the residential development "The Legend", which stands on the former Tiger Balm Gardens site. There are limited commercial activities nearby, which mostly are daily convenience shops such as supermarket or laundry serving the neighbourhood.

Overall accessibility of the Mansion is good with several bus and minibus routes passing by Tai Hang Road. It is some 5-10 minutes driving distance away from Causeway Bay city hub. The existing access to the Mansion is a ramp branching off from Tai Hang Road.

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