Auckland Ferry Building
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
The first place to catch my eye was the ferry terminal, a building designed in the early 1900th by Alexander Wiseman after the Chief Engineer, William Henry Hamer (1869-1940) of the Auckland Harbor Board, filed a report stating that the current – 1904 – harbor facilities where completely inadequate for the future ferry traffic from Auckland to the nearby islands as well as around the world. No different than today, people complained that the building – which was meant to be placed at the end of Queen Street and to house ALL ferry companies – would block their view. So Alexander Wiseman designed a four-floor building with a tower at one end to become the first ever building in New Zealand that was entirely for lease.
The terminal was build in what is called the Imperial Baroque style, its base made of Coromandel granite, which was faced with Pyrmond – Sydney sandstone.
In the early 1980th a report stated that the building did not comply with the current seismic requirements or the fire codes, so a decision was made that the building had to be taken down. Well Aucklanders had become used to their ferry terminal; they would not lose their landmark that easily. Four proposals where received and the winning company got not only the leasing rights for the next 100 years, but also a bill over 8 million NZ dollars to pay for the redevelopment and restoration of the building.
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