The Pedder Building is a popular shopping destination located at No.12 Pedder Street, in Central, Hong Kong. The structure was built in 1923 and completed in 1924. It is considered as the last surviving pre-war building in the area. Because of its historical significance, the building was declared a "Grade II Historic Building" by the Hong Kong Antiquities and Monuments Office in 1981. There are ongoing proposals to upgrade its status to Grade I.
The building is only one of the few remaining symbols of Hong Kong's colonial past. Its architecture is typical of an office building in the 1920s, characterized by stone cladding on the base and Neo-classical elements such as arches, moldings, triangular-shaped pediment, columns and sculpted medallions. It consists of nine storeys plus one mezzanine floor and a basement.
The Peddler Building used to house the original flagship store of prominent Chinese clothing brand Shanghai Tang. It called the ground floor of the building home for 17 years but had to close down in October 2011 due to rising rents.
Another well-known tenant was the Oriental Chinese restaurant China Tee Club, founded in 1986 by former Miss Hong Kong Loletta Chu. The restaurant was also located on the first floor of the building and served Eastern and Western cuisines. It also closed down in 2011.
International fashion clothing brand Abercrombie & Fitch took over the spaces left by Shanghai Tang and China Tee Club. The upper floors are occupied by retail shops and factory outlets selling well-known fashion brands, jewellery and home accessories. There is also a number of medical clinics and doctors' offices in the building.
Other tourist attractions in the area include the skyscrapers in Central and The Landmark luxury shopping complex opposite Peddler Building. Other historic sites nearby are the Steps and Gas Lamps on Duddell Street.
Pedder Building - Hong Kong Photo