St Francis of Assisi Primary School, Shek Kip Mei
To start off the year I am lacking a bit of inspiration and motivation to write about much (just seem to be getting one cold after another at the mo) but until I am back and fully fit here is a quickie from down the road.
It’s a rather well-known local religious school that is worthy of note due to its so-called ‘Chinese Renaissance’ architecture.
To people like me (i.e a little bit stupid) that just means a normal building with a Chinese Temple-style roof.
There are a few notable examples of this style of architecture and I have included a couple in this blog before (King Yin Lei, Tao Fung Shan, St Mary’s, Tiger Balm Mansion etc) however, one of the most famous examples is about to be knocked down (or has it gone already?) because the extremely batty but wealthy owner (grand daughter of Robert Ho Tung) has decided that she hasn’t got enough zeroes in her bank account and a piece of nice old HK is going to suffer as a result. Debatable historical significance aside, Ho Tung Gardens is still a building worth preserving and it’s a real shame that 1. She feels the need to do this in the first place (despite the Govt offering her 3 billion and a land swap deal) and 2. that there isn’t a more cohesive heritage policy in HK.
Anyway, on that note, Happy New Year…