A couple months ago when I was looking into the origins of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels Limited, I came across one of their holdings I hadn’t heard of before–the Peak Hotel.
How had I missed this one?
Examining this postcard, I can’t see where one building ends and another starts. The hotel looks positively like a fortress.
So I did a little research. A 20-room hotel was built on the Peak in 1888, the very year the Peak Tram opened. Then two years later, it was completely rebuilt into the structure shown in this postcard. The Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels bought the Peak Hotel in 1922, the same year they laid the foundation for the Peninsula.
The Peak suffered deterioration and was closed in 1936.
Sadly, two years later the building succumbed to a fire.