Our tour guide takes us into a beautiful little building called Munster Chambers. It dates from 1933 and Art Deco features not only on the exterior but on the interior as well.
We are lead inside and it’s stunning… from the New Zealand hardwood floors (I forget if she said they were Rimu or Kauri) to the panelled skylights, everything fits together amazingly and the simple elegance of the Deco style really suits and makes the most of this small foyer space.
As is often the case with architectre of the time, the details extend down to the smallest elements of the whole, so the guard rails match along the top floor leading to the stairs, knobs, finials, inserts and ironwork match and together are a beautiful example of craftmanship as well as elegant design.
I tried to fins out more information about Munster Chambers but the most I could come up with was that it’s a Grade 2 Listed Building on the New Zealand Historic Places Trust Register, that it was built as office space in 1933 (and still is).
From photos that other have placed on the web, I see that the outside used to be painted a white and very pale blue combination which has clearly been revised these days to better enhance the myriad of tiny details on the front of the building. With colours that provide better contrast, the facade of Munster Chambers really “pops’ these days and is a big improvement on the old colour scheme.
I’m think our guide said that owner was of Irish origon and that that’s why there is a little green clover on the front of the building. It’s clear to see that the owners of this building take great pride in it and well they should… it’s a beauty and deseves to be admired.