Story: Hawke’s Bay region

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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, (accessed 6 February 2023)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, updated 1 Jul 2015