How often do you take a close look at familiar buildings that line your usual routes through the city? Our group of fourteen walkers took the opportunity to view some old landmarks with new eyes.
The inter-war period was a rich time for Wellington architecture. Two hundred non-residential buildings were constructed between 1919 and 1939. New architectural styles appeared, based partly on the past but with a definite look to the future. Buildings got bigger. However, prompted partly by the experience of the 1931 Napier earthquake and partly as a response to new overseas styles, heavy decoration was shed and sleeker forms favoured. Art Deco, the style most commonly associated with the 1930s, arose out of the Industrial and Decorative Arts Exhibition in Paris in 1925. It was characterised by simplified ornamentation and an emphasis on geometrical decoration.