Historically, the Regional Block has
been the seat of the regional administration. It was built by the Germans in the first decade of 1900s to be the seat of the
Tanga Provisional Administration. The British continued the tradition during their rule. After independence, the block remained
the regional administration seat until 1999 when it was shifted to the former NBC building at Gofu. Thereafter until present,
the primary court, which was housed at the Usambara Courthouse, has moved in. So have others such as the Prison Department.
The Regional Block is, historically, an important
asset and architecturally, a significant part of the town’s heritage and one of the key historical buildings in Tanga