The Helena May building has graced Garden Road for 100 years.
When built in 1916, its style matched the colonial architecture around it. Today, however, the building stands out as a superb example of Hong Kong's architectural heritage. This is thanks in many ways to the dedication of Helena May members, who have worked hard to preserve the building as part of the heritage of Hong Kong.
In 1993, the exterior of The Helena May was declared a heritage building by the Antiquities and Monuments Office of Hong Kong
, ensuring its preservation for the benefit of future generations. This is a significant title in development-friendly Hong Kong where existing buildings are often replaced with new structures.
Part of Hong Kong's collective memory
The Helena May is a piece of living history, used and appreciated by a wide cross-section of the community.
In its 100th year, it continues to honour its traditions and services in its original, central location. For these reasons, it is featured on the Heritage Trail
, which links historic buildings and sites in Hong Kong to give travellers a better understanding of the growth and development of the area.
Changes through time
, prepared by graduate students of the Architectural Conservation Programme of the University of Hong Kong, illustrates how the building of The Helena May has changed over time.