Do you remember what I’m talking about last blog? It’s talking about “Blue-House” previously. Do you want to know more about heritage which is related to different types of house in Hong Kong? There are several special houses in Hong Kong, we will introduce these special one: Woodside.
Woodside (林邊屋又稱「紅磚屋」) is a huge colonial-style mansion. It’s situated in the lower portion of the Mt Parker Road trail in the Quarry Bay Extension of the Tai Tam Country Park. It’s classified as Grade II historic building now.
This elegant colonial house in Tai Tam Country Park (Quarry Bay extension) was originally called Woodside. Because of its red brick and granite structure, it is often known as the Brick House or Red House.
Woodside was built as the residence of the manager and engineer of Taikoo Sugar Factory. After closure of the factory, the residence was reverted to the Government in 1976.
Woodside was built in the early twentieth century. Originally, it stood as two individual buildings, named Woodside 1 and Woodside 2. The two houses were flanked with a garden, and featured Chinese tiled roofs.
During the Pacific War, Woodside was used by the Japanese. Their occupation of the house resulted in extensive damage and, after the war; Swire renovated the house between 1947 and 1951. The roofs were removed and the two separate buildings were connected.
Today, as a century of change, Woodside greets visitors with its old charm – with the original wooden stairs, floorboards, doors and balconies. Between the late nineteenth and early twentieth century’s, staff quarters of the Taikoo Sugar factory and Taikoo Shipyard spread around Quarry Bay and Shau Kei Wan.
Nowadays, only Woodside remains. This charming old brick house is the only remaining colonial-style residence in the area.
According to the news, Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department has been received in 2002, it will rebuild this building to a nature education center in coming two or three years. This project is expected to be completed in 2012 as possible.
Will you go to there? I think it's a mystery place :)