Bishop’s House was designed in a modified Tudor style, three stories in height, on a foundation of granite. It is the second oldest Western-style building in Hong Kong, after Flagstaff House (1846), now the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware in Hong Kong Park. An elegant three story tower stands in the northwest corner of Bishop’s House. The main door faces east with the Latin ANNO DOMINI 1851 above the archway, the year that St. Paul’s College was officially established.
There is a side door below the ground floor with the Chinese characters 耶穌教 (the religion of Jesus). There was originally an annex to Bishop’s House on the site of the present Kong-Kit Building of Ming Hua Theological College. It housed a succession of schools, including St. Paul’s College, St. Paul’s Co-educational College, St. Marks School, Kei Yan Primary School, Sheng Kung Hui Kindergarten, Chung Chi College and Titus English Night School. The annex fell into disrepair and was subsequently torn down.
Today, as you enter Bishop’s House, to the left is a small chapel with a front piece inscribed with the characters 道成肉身 (the Word Became Flesh). Beside the reception desk is a stairway built in the 1960s leading to the former bishops’ residence. To the left of the entryway are the former church offices.