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St Patrick’s Presbytery a precious inner-city jewel

 
 
 

The Cathedral of St. Patrick and St. Joseph (usually known as St Patrick’s) serves the Catholic Diocese of Auckland and is situated on the corner of Federal Street and Wyndham St. Nearby, on the corner of Hobson and Wyndham Streets, you’ll find St Patrick’s Presbytery, which provides accommodation for St Patrick staff. Recently, a $3.8 million project began to protect the 130-year-old home, with No Shock Electrical contracted for all the electrical work.

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St Patrick’s Presbytery needed a complete rewire and new vintage light switches and fixtures.

Highest heritage rating

This distinctive red brick building was built in 1888 and has Heritage New Zealand’s highest Category 1 rating, ranked “precious for its age, history, design and remarkably original condition”. Only superficial changes have been made to the building in the past 130 years, its heritage listing shows.

Much needed restoration and seismic upgrade

The presbytery remains quite original for its condition and is reputed to be the oldest continuously occupied house in the CBD. Heritage specialist Salmond Reed Architects prepared a conservation plan in 2015 and a heritage impact assessment of alterations and the seismic upgrade in 2016.

Complete rewire

Along with all restoration work, the entire building has been completely rewired inside and out by No Shock. “This is a very satisfying project to be involved in and it’s great to help preserve the history of our city,” says Shamus of No Shock. “The kauri and rimu ceilings in the building are magnificent – it’s excellent to see these restored to their former beauty. Also, one challenge was finding the right heritage light switches and fittings, as they had to be as close as possible to the original thing. These days, though, you can just about find anything if you search hard enough.”

Next time you’re in the city…

The size and detail of the restoration means it will be ongoing for some time. Next time you drive up Hobson Street be sure to take a look at this piece of history you probably usually drive past without a second thought.