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Milestones in the building’s architectural development

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The Helena May has a
treasured and colourful history:

1916

1916

The Main Building was built in 1916, when it comprised of an office, a library, a reading room, a dining room, a lounge, classrooms, matron’s quarters and bedrooms.

Edwardian Classical Revival style

Edwardian Classical Revival style

The building style is Edwardian Classical Revival with Beaux Arts, Baroque and Mannerist features. Comprising of three storeys, an upper and a lower basement, it is built to a U-shaped plan. The main facade facing Garden Road is symmetrical with a central entrance porch and three tiers of open verandahs on the ground, first and second floors. The segmental arched pediment above the entrance porch is decorated with floral motifs and supported by Neo-classical columns with tasselled capitals.

1922

1922

In 1922, an extension of 5 levels was added to the south side of the building, with an external safety staircase. One important change was that the open space of the basement was enclosed to form one large room.

1929

1929

In 1929, an extension of 2 levels was added and a fire escape was installed on the north side.

1920s and 1930s

1920s and 1930s

Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, The Helena May was a popular venue for important talks, lectures and social gatherings.

Second World War

Second World War

During the Second World War, Japanese forces requisitioned the building firstly as a billet for troops and later as a public library. At the end of the war, it was requisitioned by the Royal Air Force until 1947.   

Post war

Post war

Post war, as Hong Kong’s decades of economic growth began, The Helena May adapted likewise – Associate Membership was introduced to allow husbands, and later bachelors, to use the Library.

1954

1954

In 1954, an extension of a 3 storeyed building was added to the south wing.

2000

2000

Since 2000, visionary changes made by its Council made further contributions to various community initiatives through the formal establishment of a Community Outreach Committee.

2007

2007

In 2007, the fire escape staircase on the north side was replaced.

2013 to 2015

2013 to 2015

From 2013 to 2015, significant renovations were carried out to the Main Lounge and Ground Floor function rooms in preparation for the centennial celebration.

2014-2016

2014-2016

External redecoration of the Main Building facade by the Antiquities and Monuments Office to repair defects and restore the original building name and painting with the addition of handrails at the Main Entrance. 

Today

Today

Today the purpose of The Helena May remains virtually unchanged – to provide affordable accommodation and to serve as a meeting and networking place for women from international and local communities.

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Part of Hong Kong’s Collective Heritage

The Helena May is a piece of living history, used and appreciated by a wide cross-section of the community.
After more than 100 years, 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. 

The Helena May building has graced Garden Road for over 100 years. When built in 1916, its style matched the colonial architecture around it.  Architecturally and aesthetically, The Helena May displays interesting elements of the Hong Kong Colonial architectural style prevailing in progressive architectural circles in the early 20th century. 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 listed monument 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. 

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Sharing of the Heritage Building
with the Public

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The Helena May provides access and use of the facilities to the public through the following initiatives:

Monthly guided tours

Monthly guided tours of the heritage building for the public (free of charge)

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Add Your Sub Title Here

Part of Hong Kong’s Collective Heritage

The Helena May is a piece of living history, used and appreciated by a wide cross-section of the community.
After more than 100 years, 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. 

The Helena May building has graced Garden Road for over 100 years. When built in 1916, its style matched the colonial architecture around it.  Architecturally and aesthetically, The Helena May displays interesting elements of the Hong Kong Colonial architectural style prevailing in progressive architectural circles in the early 20th century. 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 listed monument 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. 

Add Your Sub Title Here

Sharing of the Heritage Building with the Public

The Helena May provides access and use of the facilities to the public through the following initiatives:

  1. Monthly guided tours of the heritage building for the public (free of charge)
  2. Monthly educational tours of the heritage building for secondary school students (free of charge)
  3. Quarterly wellness talk for the public (free of charge)

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