Auckland Chief Post Office
The former Auckland Chief Post Office is an imposing public building built at the beginning of last century at the foot of Queen Street in the hub of the city's transport system, next to the ferry building, tram terminus, original railway building and the commercial wharves. Heralded as a milestone in the progress of the city, it was opened by Prime Minister, William Massey, in 1912.
It was designed in an Imperial Baroque style using white Oamaru stone and Coromandel granite to emphasise the grandeur of its main facades, while a large light well and imported fittings did the same for its interior.
The Post Office occupied the building until the early 1990s, making a number of modifications to the structure. An Art Deco rear extension,
built in the 1930s, was demolished by the City Council in 2001 in preparation for the building's conversion to a transport terminal.
Salmond Reed Architects were engaged as conservation architects for this project to refurbish the building and integrate it into the city’s new transport terminal. The work involved preparation of a Conservation plan to form the basis of ongoing work to conserve and adapt the building and continued heritage and technical conservation advice throughout the duration of the project.
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