Like its neighbour, the Barrington Building was designedby architect John Currie. It was erected in the early years of the twentieth century as the home of Gustav Kronfeld's import / export business. Born in Bermany. Kronfeld travelled to Samoa as a young man and spent several years trading in the Pacific Islands. He used his connections to develop trade between Auckland and the Islands. He dealt at various times in 'Samoan &Island Curios'. tinned fish, fruit and vegetables.
From the1930s to the 1960s the building was occupied by John Bates & Co. china and crystal merchants. Passers-by were tempted by impressive window displays of their fine tableware.
During the early 1970s the Barrington Gallery was opened on the first floor with an exhibition featuring Picasso engravings and works by nine local painters. The gallery exhibited work by leading New Zealand artists including Philip Clairmont, John Lethbridge, Ross Ritchie, Rob Taylor and Brent Wong. #Auckland #gubigubinamachu #New_Zealand #オークランド #グビグビ生ちゅ #ニュージーランド