Story: Public, commercial and church architecture

Auckland General Post Office

Auckland General Post Office

This is a 1911 rendering of Auckland's new General Post Office. It was designed by Government Architect John Campbell in the Edwardian baroque idiom of the classical revival style, and was faced with Ōamaru stone and Coromandel granite. The building's facade has a tripartite division and each end is surmounted by a squat tower and cupola. The structure was constructed in front of the former railway station, with two elaborate gates either side of the building leading to it. The gates were demolished when the station was relocated in the 1930s. In 2006 the post office was incorporated into the new Britomart transport centre. Much of the interior was gutted, but the impressive glass-domed banking chamber was retained. 

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Auckland City Libraries - Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Reference: AWNS-19110126-3-1

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How to cite this page:

Ben Schrader, 'Public, commercial and church architecture - New takes on old styles, 1900 to 1930s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/44763/auckland-general-post-office (accessed 18 November 2019)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 22 Oct 2014