Built to replace the old City Hall that was built in 1869 and mainly demolished in 1933, this city hall was opened by Governor Sir Robert Black in 1962. In the aftermath of the second world war and in a city filled with victorian style buildings, the government wanted something new and vibrant.
Designed by British architects Ron Phillips and Alan Fitch in 1956, the new City Hall complex was built in the late 1950s occupying an area of 11,000 square metres on the newly reclaimed seafront formed by two buildings and a memorial garden. (says official website)
The old city hall was located on the site now occupied by HSBC building and the old Bank of China.