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.

History freak alert! OK….these have survived (the usual?) inner city changes –

In the early 1900s it 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.

Inks, charcoal, pencils on A4 paper







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