Stone paved streets. Your carts and fire fighters will move faster allowing for quicker delivery of goods and faster response to fires. Very useful in every busy production area. Don't hesitate to build additional Stone Quarries just to upgrade your streets to Cobblestone. A hidden achievement is attained after tiling 1000 cobblestone sections across your entire empire.
Increases the Harbor Area. This increases the space to construct advanced harbor buildings like the repair crane or additional piers. It is a must have in every large settlement. This office does not have to built next to your original warehouse, it can be built on the other side of an island to make ship trips significantly shorter.
Repairs buildings in range which were damaged by fire. A whole city should be in the range of carpenter's houses or fires will be more and more frequent as the state of buildings in the city deteriorates.
Since fire fighters are very slow, building stone roads in the city just for the fire fighters is suggested as soon as you have overproduction of Stone. The stone streets allows fire fighters to reach burning buildings faster and often saves a lot of gold.
When gold and goods like Weapons are delivered to this building a tournament is organized. Depending on the tournament size chosen (there are three, each costing different amount of resources), the players honor will rise by that amount. The tournament arena is a very useful building that should be built very fast in every game.
The alms house houses up to 500 beggars in a city, The alms house requires food, drinks, faith and company. For every 40 beggars, citizenship privileges are created (therefore, it is theoretically possible to have no peasants in a city). The Alms house costs a small amount of gold to maintain.
Produces Wheat used by Mills to produce Flour or Monastery brewery to brew beer. Two crop farms supply one Mill, or one crop farm supplies one Monastery brewery. Patricians and Noblemen eat a lot of bread and beer so it may be worth setting up a dedicated bread and beer island. Crop farms can only be placed on Occidental islands with wheat fertility.