Hooson's Building complex, Wellington

Wellington/Wairarapa
Photo courtesy of Kristy Grant
Grant: 
$250,000
Grant Type: 
Upgrade Works Grant
Date Funded: 
December 2019

Located on a prominent corner in Wellington’s Courtenay Place, these five buildings are critical to the integrity of the Courtenay Place Heritage Area.

The upgrade scheme entails connecting the five buildings so that in the event of an earthquake they move as one. The main components of the seismic work are installation of shear walls supported by ground beams and clamping of the three Courtenay Place buildings together with torsional beams. Completion of the project will see commercial and office space on upper floors and enhanced retail space at ground floor. 

The owner wishes to restore some of the original historic features of the buildings, including ceiling mounted stained glass features that had been hidden and forgotten for half a century. Ornate mosaic flooring in the banking chamber vestibule entrance and cornicing throughout will also be restored.

Hooson’s Building (the corner building that extends down Tory Street) is listed as a Category 2 historic place with Heritage New Zealand, and the others are district plan scheduled.

Heritage New Zealand entry - Heritage New Zealand website