Constructed in the 1950s, the Victoria Road Detention Centre served as the headquarters of the colonial police force’s secret intelligence agency.

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Nicknamed the White House due to its exterior appearance, it was originally an engineers and soldiers’ clubhouse in the hilly west of Hong Kong Island.

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The detention centre was the only dedicated building of the police “special branch”.

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During the 1967 leftist riots, suspected spies, political prisoners and rioters were taken to the facility.

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Inspired by the Cultural Revolution in mainland China, the riots saw bombs strewn across Hong Kong’s streets, and left over 50 dead in the city.

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But in 2013, the government approved a plan to allow the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business to build a new campus over the site.

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Construction began in 2016 and is expected to be completed in August 2018.

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Although there are plans to retain parts of the White House, how well exactly it will be preserved remains to be seen.

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The former detention centre is listed as a Grade Three Historic Building by the Antiquities Advisory Board – the lowest ranking for heritage preservation in Hong Kong.

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The board’s stance on Grade Three buildings is: “Preservation in some form would be desirable and alternative means should be considered if preservation is not practicable.”

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