The High Street Post Office is one of very few old buildings still standing in central Christchurch.
It’s a fine example of the striped classical style and was built in 1932, after the Napier earthquake, to more exacting standards. A structural upgrade helped it to magnificently survive the earthquakes of 2010-11. The building is particularly noted for its fluted pilasters and balustraded parapets. These days it’s occupied by C1 Espresso (who are responsible for a flourishing vege garden in front of the building), Alice in Videoland, and The Physics Room contemporary art space. The Physics Room is up several flights of stairs, or you can reach it via an antique lift. Above the gallery is a lovely old iron spiral staircase.
This leads to a small room and an exit to the roof, with a good view of inner city development.
We’re lucky to still have this architectural gem.
“Thank Goddess for P.O. on High
so many buildings went bye bye.”