Declared Monuments in Hong Kong - Hong Kong Island
The Bethanie was completed in 1875 by the Society of Foreign Missions (Société des Missions Étrangères) as their first sanatorium in the East Asia for sick missionaries to recover from tropical diseases before returning to their missions. Since 1875, the Bethanie received some 6,000 missionaries and served as an important base of the French Catholic missionary work in the East Asia until its closure in 1974.
The premises was later taken over by the Government and was leased to The University of Hong Kong from 1978 to 1997. In 2002, the Government decided to lease the Bethanie to The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts for conversion into the School of Film and Television of the Academy. The restoration and conversion works were completed in 2006 and the Bethanie has served as the second campus of the Academy since then.
The building is of Neo-Gothic style. It consists of three parts, i.e. the chapel, the sanatorium and the service wing, in symmetrical form with verandahs on all four sides. Rubble and ashlar plinth wall at the basement level, ornamental balustrade and arched colonnades to verandahs form the elevations of the building. The most impressive part of the building is its beautiful chapel.