Cuba Quarter Buildings

Nice break at a remote beach has produced some sketches (click to gallery) of early 20thC Edwardian (mostly) buildings in the Cuba Quarter of downtown Wellington, New Zealand, plus 6 in other parts of the City.

History freak alert!!!  – the Cuba Quarter buildings have survived (the usual?) inner city changes-

In the early 1900s the area was mainly residential with horse-drawn then steam trams (imagine that!):
Then retail/light industry with art deco add-ons and electric trams in the 30s:
Then gradual decline to the 60s and the end of the trams:
To pedestrian mall (1st in NZ) and fresh retail in the late 60s:
To fresh gentrification nowdays – alternative retail, apartments and a healthy cafe/entertainment scene.
All in different fashions. It’s hard to envisage another decline now, but then again they likely thought that in the 1900s.

No buildings higher than 4 levels. Remarkable but good too that several classic NZ colonial 2 level wooden bungalows have survived all the redevelopment.

Inks, charcoal, pencils on A4 paper




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