Old Government Buildings, Wellington

The Government Buildings Historic Reserve, or more commonly referred to as the Old Government Buildings, is situated on Lambton Quay in Wellington. It was completed in 1876, and until 1998 was the second-largest wooden building in the world (after Tōdai-ji in Nara, Japan).It was built to house New Zealand's civil service, and now houses the Victoria University of Wellington's Law School. The building, is classified as a "Category I" ("places of 'special or outstanding historical or cultural heritage significance or value'") historic place by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, previously known as the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.
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  • A little tired and worse for wear inside after the earthquake, however, when viewed from the exterior elevation it offers an outstanding example of neo Palazzo Italiano Renaissance architecturiture.  more »
  • I did a tour guided by the building (which itself deserves to be visited) but the tour improved it a lot. Without the tour he would have given me a turn and not it would have realized the details. As I say in the title the building is entirely of wood (it was in fact non-smoking by the fire risk) with the exception of the rooms / cajas-fuertes which are of brick (and old chimneys that are no longer). Another detail is that the soil where the building is located was won at sea. To day (March 2018) some areas are being repaired due to the earthquake of 2016.
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  • He must enter into this magnificent building to admire the stairs, floor and ceilings. take the time to read some explanation to understand kauri wood is also in the thickness of the walls!
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