Old Government Buildings, Wellington

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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, previously known as the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.
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  • July 25, 2017
    What is not visible at the first glance... this building is actually made of wood. The modern building drum around intensify it even more. Very nice.
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  • July 22, 2017
    This is a unique and intriguing collection of government buildings in Wellington that is an architectural oddity: its 4 storeys and wings look similar to stone, but they are actually constructed of ka...  more »
  • June 22, 2017
    A beautiful building, lots of history - really worth it! The building is gorgeous and usually not crowded, and you are in the area to see the Parliament so definitely a must!  more »

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