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Ugly Duckling? Not Anymore!

4th Sep 19

During the 1970’s, the Hallensteins Clothing Company built their new premises at 391 Victoria Street. The style of the structure and the colour scheme may have been on trend back then, but in later years, the building became arguably Hamilton’s ugliest building.

The building has had many uses – Originally the Hallensteins store, later becoming home for various retail buildings and offices however during 1999 – 2000, the building was redeveloped and became inner city apartments.

In 2017, the various owners of the apartments realised that time had caught up with the building and so all apartments were vacated and work on repairing, renovating and redesigning began.

Along the way, many of the owners did not realise the extent of the repair work that was required however with the original job price increasing from $4 million to $10 million, the damage of time and 1970’s building materials soon became evident.

The work has been extensive and ranges from repairing moisture issues, rotting walls and installing new ceilings right through to redesigning the roof, constructing new decks and recladding the entire building.


When the protective plastic wrap was stripped away, the brilliant, sleek white exterior was revealed. The colour scheme and redesign give the appearance that the building is more streamlined and smooth and it no longer displays a jagged profile.

No longer the ugly duckling on Victoria Street, the new visage has created a buzz within the central city and it has sparked many conversations. Next time you're heading down Victoria Street, why not take the time to check it out?

 

 

For a full report and more images, visit stuff.co.nz

 

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