Apr 1, 2008

Public Trust Building Restoration

Currently undergoing a comprehensive restoration by Ben Gough's Tailorspace Investments is the 1924 Public Trust Building at 152-156 Oxford Terrace (between Worcester and Hereford Streets). There were plans to build a tower behind the building, but that's been scrapped.

Featuring a Takaka Marble and Black Granite interior, the Cecil Wood (1878–1947) design is a synthesis of post-Edwardian modernism and restrained classicism.

Under the supervision of a British expert in the restoration of heritage buildings the seven level structure is returning to its former glory. Working from the Architect's original plans, the Oamaru Sand Stone and Port Chalmers Blue Stone facade will shed layers of paint during the restoration.

The later addition of an intervening level above the ground floor is being removed to return the marble pillared main chamber to its full two storey height. It's understood that this impressive space will be occupied by the award winning Wagamama Japanese restaurant chain. A basement level café will incorporate the restored Safe Deposit Vaults.

See a satellite view of this building's location

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