Preston Building, Hokitika

West Coast
Grant Type: 
Upgrade Works Grant
Date funded: 
September 2019

This building was probably the first reinforced concrete building in Hokitika. It was owned by the Preston family (originally drapers) from completion in 1923 until 2017. This strengthening project entails installing a steel frame inside the front façade to improve the in plane and out of plane performance of the building in an earthquake. This relatively simple engineering solution will enable the building to continue in use as a retail shop in the Hokitika town centre.

New Zealand Heritage List entry - Heritage New Zealand website