Story: Public, commercial and church architecture

Millers department store, Christchurch

Millers department store, Christchurch

Christchurch's Millers department store and factory was designed by George Hart and opened in 1939. Its flat facade and horizontal window bands referenced the European Bauhaus style of the 1920s. Millers was the first slab construction building in New Zealand. Internal pillars and beams carry the building's load (weight), allowing for cantilevered exterior walls. This night-time view from 1939 highlights the structure's modernity. It was sold in 1978 and became the Christchurch City Council offices. The building had to be demolished following the 2011 Christchurch earthquake.   

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Making New Zealand Centennial Collection (PAColl-3060)
Reference: PAColl-3060-028
Photograph by Green & Hahn

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Ben Schrader, 'Public, commercial and church architecture - Modernism, 1930 to 1970', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 June 2024)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 22 Oct 2014