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Dixon Street Flats (2nd of 3)

Dixon Street Flats

In the 1940s the government erected several blocks of state (publicly owned) flats in inner-city Auckland and Wellington for single people and childless couples. Designed in a modernist architectural style, they were used by the government as the face of future cities. Wellington’s Dixon Street Flats – shown here around 1943, shortly after they were completed – was the largest block, towering over the city until hidden by skyscrapers in the 1980s. Even in the 2000s the flats appeared strikingly modern.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, John Dobrée Pascoe Collection (PAColl-0783)
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Photograph by John Dobrée Pascoe

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David Thorns and Ben Schrader, 'City history and people - Suburban growth', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 May 2023)

Story by David Thorns and Ben Schrader, published 11 Mar 2010