Several adjacent buildings mirror the style of the original building. They create a heart for the university around a quadrangle dominated by large magnolia trees. These other buildings include the Archway Building, formerly home to the University of Otago School of Mines; the Geology Building; Marama Hall, the Music Department's offices and concert hall; and Allen Hall, home to the Department of Theatre Studies.
The mid to late Victorian period of Dunedin's growth coincided with an exciting era in the history of architecture, with revivals of Gothic, Italianate, Palladian and Georgian forms. Readily available building materials - such as Leith Valley andesite, Port Chalmers bluestone and North Otago whitestone - complemented these forms handsomely and helped the area's settlers to create the "Edinburgh of the South".