Date
18 October 2018
A flight of granite steps on Duddell Street and the four gas lamps at the top and bottom of the steps were found to have suffered serious damage from Mangkhut. Only one of the gas lamps remained standing, with a broken lampshade, while the rest all crashe
A flight of granite steps on Duddell Street and the four gas lamps at the top and bottom of the steps were found to have suffered serious damage from Mangkhut. Only one of the gas lamps remained standing, with a broken lampshade, while the rest all crashe

Repair works eyed for Mangkhut-damaged heritage structures

History buffs have bemoaned the damage that Typhoon Mangkhut has caused on a heritage street in Central, but there is hope now that the affected structures will be repaired and reinstalled.

The Development Bureau revealed on Tuesday that damaged granite steps and handrails as well as damaged parts of the gas lamps at the top and bottom of the steps at the southern end of Duddell Street in Central have all been collected and taken to the Antiquities and Monuments Office (AMO).

According to the bureau, the items will be stored and checked before repair works will begin at some point in the future.

On Monday, a day after Mangkhut passed, the AMO started on-site inspections on all of the 117 declared monuments, including those on Duddell Street, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

So far almost 90 percent of the monuments have been inspected.

The inspection led the AMO to conclude that the steps and the gas lamps on Duddell Street were among the things with heritage value that had been damaged by the typhoon.

The steps, believed to have been built between 1875 and 1889, and the four gas lamps, the only working gas street lamps in Hong Kong since 1967, were listed as declared monuments in 1979.

Dr. Lee Ho-yin, a former member of the Antiquities Advisory Board, said it is not difficult to get the damaged items repaired.

Granite from the handrail may have come loose and got scattered around the pavement, but the structure overall is still basically intact, he said, adding that resurfacing work can be done.

As for the gas lamps, Lee said it is lucky as none of the posts that supported the lamps were snapped off by Mangkhut.

Had it been otherwise, it would have cost a fortune to order such posts from the United Kingdom, he said.

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