Story: Streets and lighting

Verandah collapse

Verandah collapse

This verandah in Auckland’s Queen Street collapsed in 1955. Early verandahs were structurally supported by poles on the edge of footpaths. This made them vulnerable to being hit by vehicular traffic, sometimes causing them to collapse. Others fell down because they were poorly maintained. It is uncertain what caused the Queen Street collapse – possibly a combination of both.

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Adrian Humphris, 'Streets and lighting - Street verandahs', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 June 2024)

Story by Adrian Humphris, published 11 Mar 2010