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Heritage Guided Tour to the Hong Kong Jockey Club University of Chicago Heritage Courtyard and Interpretation Centre
Organized by HKUAA Professional Group
Date:2 Dec 2023 (Sat)
Venue: 168 Victoria Road, Mount Davis, Hong Kong;
Meeting point: Block A Reception, The Hong Kong Jockey Club University of Chicago Heritage Campus (please arrange your own tranportation)
Quota: 30 (for adults only)
Fee: Free of Charge (please register at the bottom of this page; only successful applicants will be informed by email)
* Please arrange your own insurance if required.
About the Project (reference: https://heritage.uchicago.hk/about-the-project)
The site was originally part of Jubilee Battery at Mount Davis, which formed part of Hong Kong’s western coastal defence system. After the World War II, it was occupied by makeshift housing for refugees before being converted into a British Army Royal Engineers’ mess and quarters. It became the Victoria Road Detention Centre under the Special Branch of the Hong Kong Police Force starting in 1961 and was simultaneously used for police training purposes; later it was also used by the Force’s Witness Protection Unit. After the sovereignty handover of Hong Kong from the United Kingdom to China, the site became unoccupied. It had no permanent tenant for over a decade, and was occasionally used as a movie set. Under the Land Grant Scheme, The University of Chicago was earmarked as the prospective operator of the site in 2013, and subsequently a formal Land Grant was executed in 2016. With the generous support from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust together with the support of alumni, parents and friends, led by University Trustee Francis Tin Fan Yuen (AB‘75) and his wife Rose Wai Mun Lee Yuen, the site was revitalised and the Hong Kong Campus opened its doors in 2018.
The Campus’ design pays homage to the site’s history and former occupants by creating the Heritage Interpretation Centre, and by preserving and highlighting significant architectural elements throughout the site. The site’s latest re-invention breaks with its past. The design combines modern functionality with preservation, featuring adaptive reuse of the existing heritage buildings on the site.
Terms and Conditions:
Assembly point: Block A reception
Assembly time: 10:55am
Tour duration: 11am – 12noon
Bus: 1, 971, 43M, A10
Mini Bus: 54, 58, 58A, 58M, 59
Please arrive at least 5 minutes before tour.
The tour will cover the battery and public trail with stairs, comfortable shoes are suggested.
The tour will take approximately 45 mins.
Event will be cancelled if red/black rainstorm warning or typhoon signal no. 8 or above is still in force at 8am on-day.
No parking is available in the campus.
HKUAA reserves the right to rearrange or cancel the event with advanced notice.
Those who register but cannot join please inform Joseph at firstname.lastname@example.org one day in advance