【大廈名字系列 building name series】寶華大廈 po wah building

2016.5.21 | 皇后大道東 queen’s road east

這次比較特別,大廈的名字是呈現在美麗的鐵閘上。

不時經過灣仔。由大佛口來往皇后大道東,假如是步行的話,即使本來走在馬路對面,一定會等候大廈門前那特別長時間才轉綠燈的行人交通燈,為的是看看這美麗鐵閘和上面的字體。

總覺得假如大廈名字如有知覺,它一定感到自豪,安身一道如此典雅的閘上,自己也一身優美高雅。中文字體莊重,由右至左書寫。英文字體方正規矩,尤其喜歡門牌數字的書寫。

翻閱一些新聞推敲,這大廈可能在1950年代建成。

this blog has written a number of building names. most of them are painted big and clear on the facade of the building. this one however is a special case, and a pretty one.

i fairly often commute around wanchai. every time if i was walking pass queen’s road east along this section, i will pay extra few minutes to go in front of this building, simply to appreciate this beautiful iron gate and the well-written name of the building.

i always imagine if the main entrance of this building has its own feeling, it must feel very proud it has been so well-respected and was given such a beautiful treatment, a nicely crafted iron gate with lovely ornament and both the english and chinese name are well calligraphed and craved.

one added note, the chinese and english are written in reverse order. this indicates the history of the building. older generation of hongkongers follow the sequence of chinese to write from right to left.

i couldn’t find exact history of this building so far. but according to news around this building, it is estimated that the building could be built in the 1950s.

po wa building wanchai may2016

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