Story: Hawke’s Bay region

Chicago School (4th of 5)

The Chicago School style of architecture is associated with the work of American architect Louis Sullivan, who pioneered the use of concrete buildings clad around a steel frame with minimal decoration. A favourite decorative form of Sullivan’s was the arch within a cube, which is replicated in Napier’s well-known National Tobacco Company building (1933) in the suburb of Ahuriri. Though the art-nouveau style decoration on the front entrance is striking and what viewers tend to remember, most of the building is very plain.

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Hawke’s Bay region - Arts, culture and built heritage', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/23931/chicago-school (accessed 20 July 2019)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, updated 2 Jul 2015