Club of early German community in Singapore and War Crimes Court; Tower Black gazetted as a national monument on 23 March 1989

The Teutonia or the German club was built in 1900 for German residents of Singapore. The architect of the new building was R.A.J. Bidwell of Swan and MacLaren Co Ltd. The Club was officially opened by the acting Governor of tha Straits Settlements, Sir Frank Swettenham on 21 September 1900. The Club held various classical musical concerts and the funds raised through them benefited several local charities and the Tan Tock Seng Hospital.

The outbreak of World War I in 1914 brought an end to the Teutonia Club when it was acquired by the British custodian of enemy property. The building served as an electric power-station for the next eight years. In 1929, the Manessah family, purchased the building at an auction and turned it into the Goodwood Park Hotel

During the Japanese Occupation (1942-45) the Goodwood Park Hotel was used by the Japanese as their military headquarters and as a residence for senior military officers.

In 1945 the British Military Administration used the building as a War Crimes Court during the trials of Japanese war criminals; the world was shocked to hear of terrible atrocities committed by the Japanese in Singapore. The trials were witnessed by relatives af the victims from the United Kingdom, Australia and elsewhere including Singapore. About 135 Japanese were tried, convicted and executed at Changi Gaol. One of them, a former commander of the prisoner-of-war camp, was sentenced to be shot at Changi beach – the same place where two Australian and two British soldiers were shot by his orders.

In 1947 the Goodwood Park Hotel was restored; the facade at the entrance built in 1900 was retained but the distinctive tower of the Hotel removed in 1950 and later restored in 1959 was not in the original shape but it blends with the rest of the building.