The Levy Building (formerly known as Gilmore’s Warehouse) is of historic significance in Auckland. It is registered with the NZ Historic Places Trust as a Category II place. Originally completed in 1897, it has been modified a number of times. In 1934 it was remodelled by Wade & Bartley Architects and it is essentially this form that remains today. The significant 1934 Art Deco refurbishment of the facade and ground floor of the interior is typical of its time.
Salmond Reed Architects were engaged to prepare comprehensive conservation documentation for buildings in the Britomart precinct and our brief for the Levy Building was to recover original surviving fabric from the 1934 refurbishment and to reinstate missing material from this era.
Extensive reconstruction of the ground floor shop front was required and this included leadlight windows, marble-faced exterior skirt and stall-board and fluted columns. The original 1897 stair was also reconfigured from the first landing level and this necessitated dismantling, removal from site and reconstructing after structural alterations were completed.
The challenge in this project was to find a balance between accepting the 1897 fabric and its relationship with the 1934 fabric, conserve both and, at the same time, integrate new services and seismic upgrade work.
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