Secretary for Development, Antiquities Advisory Board,
With 68 years of history, the Grade III listed Union Church is to be demolished in August-September this year and developed into a 22-storey high luxury apartment block. Old church buildings are seldom seen in Hong Kong nowadays, architectures with heritage value are being relentlessly tear down in the name of development and raising property prices. Experts have pointed out that the Union Church is a rare post-war, modernist building in Hong Kong, an iconic architecture that marks the transformation of eras. Yet, such valuable heritage will be destroyed and disappear from our city forever!
The Union Church is the most historic church in Hong Kong, found by the London Missionary Society in 1844, it has been an indispensable place for many for over 17 decades. The demolition of Union Church reflects Hong Kong is still a mercenary society that neglects heritage conservation. The government’s plan for the church shows their perfunctory effort in architectural conservation. It will be Hong Kong’s shame to let such iconic architecture vanish.
Therefore, I hereby strongly request the Development Bureau to list Union Church as a Grade I historic building and proposed monument, to save its from demolition!