大馆

1841年,英国皇家海军登陆香港后,港英殖民政府委任威廉.坚上尉(Captain William Caine)为香港首席裁判司主理治安,并于荷李活道设置裁判署。最初,裁判署还只是个草棚,日后则成了前中区警署建筑群,是香港早期的司法重地。在19世纪中叶发挥着警署(执法)、裁判司署(司法)及监狱(惩教)的功能,是当时香港的法治核心。除了独特历史意义外,这些建筑本身也很有看头:前中区警署建筑群的警察总部大楼采用新古典复古设计,十分壮观;建于1862至1864年间的营房大楼最古老,罗马式的拱门相当突出。这些建筑物内更设有独立通道,方便押解囚犯进出裁判司署、警署及监狱之间。

“大馆”现已活化成集历史、文化、艺术等元素于一身的综合休闲空间,在这里了解香港法治历史同时,也能欣赏不同的艺术表演和展览。

(以上资讯来源于网络)

Tai Kwun

Tai Kwun presents a wide range of heritage, contemporary art, performing arts and lifestyle experiences in the restored and revitalised Central Police Station compound, which comprises three Declared Monuments, the former Central Police Station, the Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison.

Currently, 16 heritage buildings and several outdoor spaces are being restored for adaptive reuse, while two new buildings have been added to the site to house an art gallery space and auditorium.

One of the oldest buildings on the site, the Barrack Block was built between 1862 and 1864. In the turbulent decades of the early 20th century, refugees came spilling into Hong Kong from war-torn Mainland China and the colony’s population increased rapidly, creating law and order challenges. As a result, Hong Kong’s police resources were increased and the compound underwent several expansions between 1905 and 1925.

(the above info is from the internet)