Friday, October 23, 2015

Built and Rebuilt

Hong Kong HK-256497 received 07-26-2014

Sent by: but310
From: Hong Kong
ID number: HK-256497
Notes: This is Murray House which was built in the Central District of Hong Kong in 1844.  At that time, it served as officers' barracks for the British Military.  During World War II, it was occupied by the Japanese, and after the war, it was used for some government offices.  In 1982, the building was dismantled to make room for a new Bank of China Tower.  Over 3,000 pieces of the building were labeled and stored for future restoration.  In 1990, the Housing Department proposed that Murray House be rebuilt in the town of Stanley, which is what you see in this photo.  It was rebuilt between 1998 and 2001, but there was a problem: the labels had washed off of the building pieces, so when it was fully reconstructed, there were 6 leftover columns.  Oops!  You can see those columns lined up in front of the building.  

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