The Changing Face Of Invercargill

Site of a new hotel development in Invercargill

Site of a new hotel development in Invercargill

Big things are starting to happen in my hometown of Invercargill. In fact the changing face of the city means that what you see today may not be visible tomorrow.

For a long time I had been intending to head downtown and take photos of the old Langlands Building on the corner of Don and Dee Streets where the local Licensing Trust has just started work on a new hotel development.

Unfortunately I left my photo taking expedition too late as the buildings earmarked for demolition to make way for the new hotel are now shrouded with a high plywood fence with demolition work due to start shortly and be completed by late March for construction to begin.

Built in the late 1800s the Langlands Building is listed only as a Class 2 heritage building so it is not protected. Because of the earthquake risk the old building posed it was decided to demolish the building completely, and the old facade will not be incorporated into the new design so will disappear completely, which is quite a shame.

You can see  what it used to look like here before all the protective screening was put up around it Рand over here is what it will look like once the new hotel is completed.

In the meantime this all means more traffic upheaval in the town centre, but I guess that is the price of progress and an unavoidable part of the changing face of Invercargill.

Looking west along Don Street Invercargill

Looking west along Don Street Invercargill

 

Facade of the old Langlands Building from Dee Street

Facade of the old Langlands Building from Dee Street

 

The grand old Langlands Building on the corner of Don and Dee Streets, Invercargill

The grand old Langlands Building on the corner of Don and Dee Streets, Invercargill

 

Behind the demolition screens Dee Street Invercargill

Behind the demolition screens

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