Saturday, July 9, 2016

Historic and heritage buildings

Historic and heritage buildings are so much more impressive and attractive and they have character and soul, than the modern glass boxes we see everywhere today.
On my visit to the City I decided to check out some more buildings around Auckland City.
Here are a few snapshots ~ the day was very grey and I liked the way the old concrete buildings blended in with the colour of the sky

The first picture tells us that this building has been around for exactly 100 years and what a lot of changes would have taken place over that time

This is the Auckland Art Gallery  and I love visiting this place when there is an Exhibition showing here
The Bronze Gnome is the latest statue, one out of a set that are replaced every six months.  Others have been a bronze rabbit, fantail, pigeon sculpture and a bird man with mask

 I have always loved the old Auckland Post Office and can remember going in to buy stamps back in the day. Now it has been turned into the Britomart Train Station, which is a great use of the old building

 Although parts of the last two are not Heritage,
The Metropolis building which was built in 1999 is a Hotel,  Restaurant, apartments and Spa facilities. Great that they were able to incorporate the old part of the building below as the entrance

The last one is the Chancery, with cobbled pavements, boutiques, outdoor dinning and was modelled after an Italian piazza
I hope you have enjoyed coming on a little trip around Auckland City with me
Have a happy weekend


  1. Beautiful buildings. I love this kind of architecture. Haha, the gnome is a fun piece.
    Have a great weekend, dear Carolyn!
    xo Julia

  2. So beautiful buildings, lovely!

  3. These buildings are all beautiful. I love old architecture. Thanks for sharing <3

    xo Azu

  4. Excellent post (as always)!Thank you very much :)

  5. I did enjoy my tour around Auckland to see the buildings, and I also thought the gnome was great fun and he looks a happy gnome too!

    Hoe you are enjoying your weekend.

    All the best Jan

  6. I love old buildings as well and the idea of incorporating a new building with an historic facade has been done very well here in Sydney. Lovely photos of Auckland.

  7. Dearest Carolyn,
    It is so true that old buildings, due to their different architecture, do have a lot more charm and character.
    You showed us some beautiful examples of that.
    Happy Sunday and hugs.

  8. I was surprised that valuable building are still used or reused. Your city has wise people carefully considering happiness between citizen and heritage buildings.

  9. Lovely photos! I like the idea of the statue changing every few months.

  10. They are all so beautiful and special buildings, dear Carolyne. Wonderful they change the displaid art gnome, with other sculptures every 6 month !!
    Thank you for showing, from your daily life !!

  11. The U.S. is a young country in comparison to other spots so we don't get this kind of unique architecture. This looks like a wonderful spot to tour and I love all your photos Carolyn!

  12. Dear Carolyne, i'm so with you in your opinion about heritage buildings! I find it so sad that nowadays, most of architecture has to be bland and everything is made out of concrete and glass only. Auckland must be a wonderful city, thanks for sharing your photos! Cheers to a lovely start to your week!

  13. I loved this so much Carolyn! I love seeing beautiful architecture and these are certainly that! I love too the way the sky and building meld into one another. Just beautiful! I wish we could still build beautiful structures like these today. I'm not sure all progress has really been progress sometimes.
    I hope you are enjoying a good winter my dear and I think of my friend so far away often :) It has been so many years that we have connected through our blogs and what a joy it is to 'know' you.
    sending love dear Carolyn...

  14. Hello,Carolyn,
    Yes, I agree with you. I love modern buildings, but old ones are much more impressive. The Bronze Gnome is so cute! It was for the first time to see the word" gnome" I googled the word. I got to know he has been guarding gold,jewels! Interesting! Have a good new week!

  15. Dearest Carolyn,
    wonderful buildings yo have shown us, thank you!
    Hope, you had a beautiful weekend, my dear friend!
    Wishing you a wonderful new week, sending Love and hugs and blessings,
    Claudia xo

  16. che meraviglia questi palazzi, bello scoprire posti nuovi

  17. Hello Carolyn,
    thank you for sharing pictures of those amazing buildings! such beautiful architecture!
    Big hug

  18. So beautiful and interesting buildings, dear Carolyn!
    The gnome is so funny! ^^

  19. It was so interesting see these wonderful buildings in Auckland. We both featured 1916 this week! The bronze gnome adds a sense of fun too. Sarah x

  20. Thanks for sharing these fabulous buildings. I love their architecture and the old buildings are my favourite

  21. Hello, Dear Carolyn - Thank-you for sharing these lovely examples of beautiful architecture! I love all of the details that went in to these and the very pretty pale stonework. It looks like a wonderful place to spend the day. xx Hugs - Karen

  22. Nice! I like everything with a bit of history. And jam.

  23. Hi Carolyn, LOVE seeing these gorgeous historical buildings. The architecture is amazing. Looks like you had a wonderful time here.
    Thanks for sharing. Always love taking adventures with you.
    Blessings my friend. xo

  24. Dearest Carolyn,
    Thank you so much for coming over and leaving such a sweet comment. I am sorry it took me so long to get back to you.

    Architecture has always been something that I loved... Especially historical buildings. Thank you so much for sharing.

  25. Carolyn, You have visited some amazing places. It is always a delight to visit your blog and see the sights!


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