It was a hive of activity, when I was down there at Lynnmall early today: 2 hours to go to until they open up a new wing of restaurants, with the formal opening due for midday. A lane of 7 new eateries, several new shops, and cinemas due to open later this month.
November 5, 2015
October 29, 2015
August 14, 2015
August 6, 2015
Probably the most elaborate building in Avondale – and surrounding suburbs. The Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Hindu Temple in the evening sun recently.
August 4, 2015
Balmoral Electric Power substation in Balmoral Road, Sandringham, in a stripped art deco style like a number of substations in Auckland. AEPB stands for “Auckland Electric Power Board”, and 1942 was a good year.
In the course of electricity reforms (separating the generating and distribution roles), AEPB became “Mercury Energy” in 1993.
July 30, 2015
This chapel is at 103 Avondale Road, Avondale, and its full title is: “Chapel of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and St John Fisher”. According to information on the web, the building was relocated from Ngongotaha in 2013, and consecrated earlier this year, replacing an earlier church that had been destroyed by fire on New Years day 2013. It will be 100 years old in August.
July 28, 2015
In its entirety, the sign reads “Green Bay Auctions”, but I preferred to frame the shot so that it would just be an advertisement for Green Bay (a kilometre or so up the road – these auction rooms are well and truly in New Lynn, not that it mattered). And green they are, with a nice cabbage tree and its shadow adding to the scene.
July 26, 2015
Yesterday was a day of open heritage loos: the Auckland Council has identified five public toilets as suitable for redevelopment, and is seeking ideas and expressions of interest in order to “rejuvenate these city locations, restore and celebrate heritage buildings, and generate a rental income for Auckland Council“. (These aims listed, I presume, in increasing order of importance.)
Three of them were open for inspection yesterday (none of them are in operation any more): the island corner of Market Place and Sturdee Street, the underground male toilet in Customs Street outside the Galleria, and the underground female toilet in Wellesley Street opposite of the Library. (The remaining two are Sandringham and Kingsland, both in art deco style, and shown on this blog earlier on.)
A fine cultural history of Auckland’s heritage toilets, entitled “Caught Short”, can be found on the Auckland Council website.
July 9, 2015
For the last hour of a rainy day, the sun came out, illuminating these houses on a dark background.
June 22, 2015
The name ‘Titirangi’ is often translated as “Fringe of Heaven” — and on Saturday, barely a day before the solstice, that fringe hung deep into the top of Titirangi. Mist and rain being the order of the day. Here the landmark Lopdell House with the Deco Eatery – a welcome refuge in that kind of weather – and the green cube of Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery.