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Old Public Trust Building Tour

The Old Public Trust Building, a 2016 Wellington Architecture Award winner.

Photo by Paul McCredie

Event description:

Join a tour of the recently refurbished  Old Public Trust Building – a Wellington classic. The Trust Building was completed in 1908 and according to Te Ara, the Encyclopaedia of New Zealand,  is the only (surviving) building "made of a true New Zealand granite – from Tonga Bay in north-west Nelson."It is also believed to be New Zealand's first steel-framed office building."

In 1975, a public campaign successfully saved the building from demolition. After the 2013 Seddon earthquake, the building's body corporate  decided to sell the building to a party better placed to strengthen the building. In 2014, Wellington property developer and engineer Maurice Clark bought the building. He was labelled a "hero" for taking on one of Wellington's largest heritage strengthening projects.

The building is listed by Heritage New Zealand as a Category 1 historic building. When the building was first listed by Heritage New Zealand, the citation said that:

"This building is a superb example of a public and commercial building of the Edwardian period. Its corner site and powerful blend of architectural styles combine to create an outstanding piece of townscape. Chief Government Architect, John Campbell, was responsible for the design of this building which was erected in 1908. Historically the building's importance lies with its use as the Public Trust Office which when established in 1872 was the first of its type in the world."

The Wellington Architecture Centre describes the building as:

"possibly the most architecturally elaborate façade in the capital – if not the entire country, and is without doubt in my mind, Government Architect John Campbell’s finest work outside of his design for Parliament House. It is, literally, our nation’s crowning glory".


Event details:

5.15 – 6.00pm
Tuesday 12 September
Meet at the Old Public Trust Building
131-135 Lambton Quay (corner of Stout Street) 

Limit of 15 people per tour. Register here

CPD Points available – please apply as individual activity through RABCPD website.