Our new Wellington home is the original Boys Institute Building at 30 Arthur St.

Wellingtonians have a bit of a soft spot for the historic character building. Since its construction in 1906 it has enjoyed several reincarnations, including, but not limited to a church hall, music studio, Black Power headquarters, a gym, NZ Post offices and the National Chemical and Printing Company.

In the early 2000s, when Transit New Zealand made noises about wielding a wrecking ball around 30 Arthur St. to make way for the Inner City Bypass, there were heated howls of protest from locals. This was a character building Wellingtonians wanted to preserve, not only for its bygone aesthetic but the stories it played host to over the years.

It was eventually moved 6 metres back from the pathway of the current motorway in a feat of engineering dexterity in 2005 only to sit vacant for 15 years. Although the pigeons made claim of it as their own. This is where Tuatara stepped in. Looking beyond the decay, no downstairs floorboards, nor staircase we saw what stands here today. A gem of a building, a place in Wellington that we call home.

Read more about 30 Arthur St. history here.

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