Jubilee Hall, Blind Foundation, Parnell

Grant Type: 
Upgrade Works Grant
Date funded: 
May 2019

The Jubilee Hall is attached to the rear of the prominent Category 1 listed Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind Main Building in the Auckland suburb of Parnell. Designed by noted architect Edward Bartley, it was built as the last element of the main structure in 1909, completing the first purpose-built facility and residential school for the blind in New Zealand. The tidy red brick hall makes a significant contribution to the complex both because of its unique history and ongoing use by the wider community. This grant of $250,000 will enable a company associated with the Blind Foundation to undertake work involving masonry ties, ground beams, columns, and improvements to the roof-wall connections.

New Zealand Heritage List entry - Heritage New Zealand website