Small oil developed from 2 sketches attached. Built from wood in about 1906 in a New Zealand Italianate style (ie upstairs verandah without Juliet). Currently houses the Kiwi Art House Gallery with a flat upstairs, its useage history is apparently unremarkable (dammit!) according to Heritage NZ.
My artist friend in Indonesia is painting old and close to ruin Dutch buildings as an historical record. Part of my aim here too – although these are heritage protected and well documented in photographs by now, we do get earthquakes (this one should be resiliant being low and relatively flexible) plus fires of course, the San Francisco earthquake and fire also in 1906 being a case in point.
Oils and acrylic (background) on canvas 14″x18″
Postscript Jan 2019: last week’s local paper says that Carmen, a famous and fabulous transgender woman, ran a trinkets and knick-knacks shop from here in the 70s. Carmen was fun, she really enlivened dull old Wellington in the 70s more so as a cafe owner/brothelkeeper and later a mayoral candidate – per Te Papa’s website:
Carmen’s International Coffee Lounge was a flamboyant space festooned with avant-garde European art, mirrors, and tropical fish. Although homosexuality was illegal, various types of sexual liaison were available at Carmen’s. Patrons arranged their coffee cups in particular ways to indicate whether they were after a heterosexual, gay, transsexual, or drag queen encounter. Should a police raid occur, an elaborate system of doors and stairways provided discreet escape routes.
Also that from 1906 the shop part sold dyed calico (not so interesting)!