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There are many significant Art Deco areas and buildings in the Auckland Region. A number of these are currently somewhat run-down, concealing their unique architectural qualities and putting them at risk of demolition and unsympathetic modernisation. There are few sights to rival a restored group or district of Art Deco homes or commercial buildings.

The Society's Preservation group aims to identify commercial and domestic Art Deco buildings which we believe are worthy of recognition and special preservation efforts. We are also developing a general register to help us gain an overview of the Art Deco buildings in Auckland and keep in touch with their owners.

The Society endeavours to hold a fund raising event each year. In past years this has been in the form of an art deco Preservation Ball. While the music, dress and tone of the evening reflect the gaiety of the Deco period, the purpose of the event is to raise funds to assist the Preservation group, and increase public awareness of Auckland's Art Deco architecture.

If you would like to assist with preserving Auckland's Art Deco, or you own an Art Deco building which you would be happy for us to add to our register, please e-mail us or, even better, send us photos and details about yourself and your property.


The Civic Theatre1929, Corner Queen and Wellesley Streets, The City.
Architect: Charles Bohringer. Built for: Thomas O'brien Theatres Ltd.
The Civic Theatre narrowly escaped demolition in 1988 thanks to a High Court injunction.
It was restored by the Auckland City Council and reopened on 20th December 1999, on the 70th anniversary of its first performance.

Current owner: Auckland city.




Turua Street Tragedy, St Heliers

The shocking Turua Steet Tragedy highlights the heritage building situation in Auckland and indeed in many parts of New Zealand and the world.


The Turua St demolition brought about the formation of the Save Our St Heliers group from which has arisen The Character Coalition which encompassed the many Historical groups(over 50 groups) in Auckland. This group is now the forefront of the fight to save Aucklands heritage buildings and sites: 


For further information regarding this group please go to the following website



How to research your home's history

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