General Buildings (Yorkshire House)

General Buildings (Yorkshire House)

Cornelius B.
Designed by Bloomfield and Hunt this 'Chicago style' office building was completed in 1928. Yorkshire House was considered to be one of the finest buildings in Auckland when it opened. The building retains much of its original interior and character, being extended in the 1970s with a near-identical addition on Shortland Street. The building is constructed of reinforced concrete and exhibits the three divisions of 'tall office buildings' as set out by Chicago architect Louis Sullivan. The building is significant as one of the best-preserved Chicago-style high-rises in Auckland, and important for the unusually intact nature of its interiors. It demonstrates the growing influence of American prototypes in the commercial architecture of early twentieth-century New Zealand, and the link between such design and working practices. http://www.historic.org.nz/Register/ListingDetail.asp?RID=106&sm= #Auckland #Chicago_Style #General_Buildings #Heritage #Shortland_Street #Yorkshire_House
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