These were the original buildings of the University of Hong Kong, designed to handle up to 500 under-graduates.
They were laid out in an E-shape. In the middle was the great hall, then the front and sides contained classrooms, workshops, libraries, a common room, offices, etc.
The newspaper report of the time seemed to have a strange opinion of what made for a good site:
"It is built on perhaps the finest site available for the purpose in the Island in the neighbourhood of the Hospitals and Mortuary."
However it goes on to explain that their "proximity is a necessity for instructional purposes for medical students."
At the time it was built, the building was a landmark clearly visible from the harbour. Today it is hidden behind the tower blocks on the hillside below.
The buildings were opened by Governor Lugard on 11th March 1912. Teaching began in October that year.
The architect was Leigh & Orange.
Source: Hong Kong Daily Press, 1912-03-12, pages 3 & 5.