Topic: Aladdins Coffee Lounge (97-99 Devon Street West)

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International Volunteer Headquarters (97-99 Devon Street West)

This building was erected in 1966 for Mr & Mrs A. Hartley. The original plans indicate the coffee lounge (Aladdins) was on the ground floor and offices were located on the upper level.

A building permit was issued on 26 September 1966, with an estimated cost of £14,000. The architect was Edgar T.Collins and the contractors were H.F.Snowden Construction.

Later the building became the retail outlet, 'Ski & Sports Centre'. In 2016 the architects, Boon, Goldsmith Bhasker Brebner designed new office premises in the space for the firm, International Volunteer Headquarters (IVHQ). The design, which included a large vertical garden, collected two awards at the Western Architecture Awards in May, 2016.

The building which was demolished (circled below - Puke Ariki coll. A.1.43)) to make way for new coffee lounge was probably built in the 1870s.

Devon Street West View c1900 (Puke Ariki collection).

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