NEW GRAMMAR SCHOOL
PROGRESS OF CONSTRUCTION. STRUCTURAL WORK ACCOMPLISHED. Undoubtedly the greatest building work now in progress in Auckland is that of .the construction of the new t'rammar School, at a cost of about. £32,000, on the northern -slope of Mount Eden. The buildinp was designed by Messrs. Arnold and Abbott, architects, of Auckland, and the work of erection is in the hands of Mr. \V. E. Hutchison. Since the commencement of the work about twelve months ago, in spite of the at Tike of the workmen on the building and the outbreak of war, very satisfactory progress has been marie, and the principal'part of the. work, that of the main structure of the building, hits now been accomplished. The detailing on the face of the building has already hern commenced, and even now, viewed from Khyber Pass, the college presents quite a handsome appearance. It is expected, so far as the contractors are concerned, that at'the present rate of progress the building will be completed by next Christmas.
The new school is designed in the mission style of architecture, that which is being chiefly employed in the construction of the various buildings in connection with the Panama Exposition. The entire face of the outside walls is being "rough-casted'.' in the American s*.yle, which should have a very pleasing effect. All the gables will be formed with wide sweeping curves, typical of this style of architecture. The roof will be covered « irh red tiles, but this work has been unfortunately delayed by the war. T-Oiisands of tiles are ordered, but, pending their arrival, work in this direction is practically at a standstill.
The main entrance to the. building will be approached by a flight of broad steps, while similar flights on either side will also lead up to the long balcony. The corridors beyond the vestibule are broad and lofty and surround the assembly hall, which measures. 108 ft by 48ft, and occupies the'central portion of the building. Opening oil" the corridors arc the class-rooms (28 in all), laboratories and' private rooms for the convenience of the masters, while on the ground floor there arc the workshops, bicycle room.-, and shelter shed. The
:hrce storeys will be connected at each corner of the building by staircases fro/, floor to floor. The headmaster will also have the use of » .staircase from his suite ot" rooms in the front of ;hc college to the floors above and below. Stationery rooms, store rooms, etc.. will be found on the lower floor at the rear of the building, while on the third floor a large room will be set apart as a museum. At the rear "of the building tw.i larpe doors will give access to the playground, on which, when the main building is completed, a cricket grounV a football pround. and tennis courts will be laid out. The construction of the swimming bath and the erection of the various outbuildings will be proceeded with after the more urgent works are completed.
When finished, the new Grammar School will be one of the largest and most up-to-date in Australasia, and will be a building of which the students mar well feci proud,