Mais um de diversos post's sobre este edifício emblemático de Macau, desta feita, em inglês... procurando ir de encontro a um pedido frequente dos leitores mais assíduos.
Built in 1870, originally as a residence for Edward and Chatherine Clarke, a British Captain and his wife, they decided in 1890 to turn it into a hotel and named it the “Boa Vista”. Unfortunately their fortunes weren’t so great and they were forced to put it on the market after only a few years. They were about to sell it to the French, who wanted to turn it into a hospital for French soldiers wounded in Indo-China but the sale was opposed by the British who feared a French expansion in China.
And so it went on with several owners, including the Santa Casa De Misericordia (an age-old Catholic charitable organisation that administers various hospitals and clinics and which has an eponymous building on Senado Square). In an unspecified year it was once again turned into a hotel with initially and French, then a British manager (the latter was deported due to running illegal roulette games in the building – perhaps providing the inspiration to turn Macau into its current status as the worlds biggest gambling twon?) before then being used as a Secondary school (Liceu). All this before 1936.
The building wasn’t turned back into a hotel again until 1948 when it was bought by three Chinese women. 1948, it seems that the hotels fortunes still had yet to pick up and was hit by more misfortune when its manager, Paulo Chung, suddenly disappeared during the cultural revolution in 1965. His replacement, Pinto Marques, was luckier staying at the hotel for twenty years until his death – in a chair on the verandah – in 1985. Pinto Marques was a big fan of Napolean and decked the hotel with souvenirs from that era, and was credited with restoring the hotel’s fortunes.