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Historic Place Category 1
Lot 1 DP 123175 (CT NA71C/678), North Auckland Land District
Extent of Registration
Extent includes the land described as Lot 1 DP 123175 (CT NA71C/678), North Auckland Land District, and the building and structures known as Ponsonby Post Office (Former) thereon.
Auckland Council (Auckland City Council)
The Ponsonby Post Office was built by L McKinstry at a cost of 3700 pounds. The clock was added in 1913 and the clock tower was heightened by 10 feet from what was originally planned to augment the building's prominent site. Half the cost of the clock was contributed by Ponsonby residents. The building has been an important public facility in the area for 75 years and is highly regarded by local residents.
Ponsonby is one of the best preserved and most heavily ornamented suburban Post Offices in New Zealand. It has been described as being somewhat ill-proportioned, but its elaborate Neo-Baroque decoration and prominent, elevated site make it a building of considerable architectural significance.
With its tower and elevated site the Ponsonby Post Office acts as a landmark in the Three Lamps area of Ponsonby. The building also forms an integral part of a precinct of historic buildings including the Leys Institute and the former Ponsonby Fire Station nearby.
Clock, and the royal coat of arms in the large broken pediment over the corner entrance.
ARCHITECTURAL DESCRIPTION (Style)
A very free, idiosyncratic example of Edwardian Baroque architecture occupying a prominent triangular site. Entrance is through a wide section of façade at the apex of the triangle. The building has a balustraded parapet and clock tower over the corner section of the façade.
Largely original apart from changes to the interior made necessary by the need to streamline Post Office operations
- Original Construction: 1912 (circa)
- Addition: 1913 (circa)
- Other: 2012 - 2012
Brick walls with cement finish on ground floor. First floor consists of pressed brick walls with cement dressings. Interior woodwork is Rimu with interior walls being finished in Keene's cement.
- Auckland Star,28 May 1912
- New Zealand Herald,14 March 1912 & 21 May 1912
- Post Office Records, Wellington
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