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CITY IMPROVEMENTS.

THE ALBANY STREET SCHOOL.

The proposed new school building, Albany street, is soon about to be erected, a tender of £1504 for putting it up having been accepted. The building is to be completed in three months. There will be accommodation for over 350 pupils, and the plans have been prepared with a view to additional buildings being erected, which will accommodate nearly 200 more. The building is to be of stone, with cement front. K.NOX CIIUItCH. The first tender for the erection of Knox Church has been acce >ted. It is for a portion of the stone-work, being for a height of about Bft. from the bottom of the foundation to the upper line of the base. The work is to be started forthwith. MR DURIE's PREMISES. The space cleared by the last fire in George street is now, after a lapse of some'months, getting pretty well covered with buildings. Among those which are being put up are three on the block at the corner of George street and Moray Place, for Mr Alex. Durie, grocer. These shops cover a piece of ground having a frontage of 32 feet to George street, and of 00 feet to Moray Place. One fronts George street ; another, the corner one, has a°frontngo th George street and Moray Place : and the third fronts Moray Place. The rooms overhead are intended to be used as dwelling rooms, and there is a suite for each shop. The buildings are of brick and cement, with slate roof. There are cellars floored with cement and concrete under the shops. Mr Win. Miller is the contractor and designer of the premises. There is an "idea" in the shutters of the shops which, as a laboursaving contrivance, is very good. The window-sills can be moved a few inches out of their place, and the shutter, which is balanced like an ordinary win-dow-sash, can be lifted up almost on a touch of the finger from a place beneath the sill. The shutter is lifted a few inches above the sill, and, the sill being brought into its place, is lowered again until it rests on the sill. It can then be bolted from the inside, as ordinary shutters are, and cannot be pulled down until the bolt on the inside is undone. Mr Durie, who has been in business now for four years past, intends to make the sale of coffee a specialty of his business. Portion of the building has been constructed with a view to a coffee-roasting appaia'.us being erected.

MESSRS CRAIG AND GILHES's PREMISES,

Other structures are going up on the site of the recent fire in George street, amongst them an imposing building to be erected for Messrs Craig and Gillies. The desigu has been artistically prepared by Mr Lawson, and shows a fagado as novel as it is handsome. The whole front is to be thrown into one arch sprung from double pilasters on each side. The arch will be tilled in with glass, and above it will be a series of semi-arched openings, subdivided with moulded pilasters, and surmounted with ornamented cornice. Part of the work will be of Oamaru stone, the base of Port Chalmers blucstine, and the superstructure in brick, with cement finish. The premises wilL have a frontage of 35 feet to George street, by a depth of 70 feet, and will be of three storeys ; in the rear of the basement one, a hydraulic lift being fixed. Wm. Gill is the contractor, and the carpenters' work is being done by Messrs Craig and Gillies. MESSRS ROSS AND (iLENBINING's NEW TREMISB.S. A large addition to the warehouse of Messrs Ross and Glendining, Stafford street, and which has been about four months in course of construction, is now about completed. The new addition has a frontage of "Idit. by a depth of 70ft, and the warehouse, including the addition, covers an area of 63ft. frontage by 70ft. depth exterior dimensions. The new building has a floor below street level, 17ft. by 70ft, which is to be fitted up with counters and shelving, and will be used as a packing and entering room. Tne street floor is of similar dimensions to the last-mentioned, and will be Ktted up with counters and shelving for the carrying on of the trade in Manchester goods, for which purpose this room will be used. The lower floor and the Manchester goods deputment have not the benefit of the full frontage, part being taken off to allow of an arched right-of-way to the back yard being made. The upper floor extends over the right-of-way, and on that floor the full width of the frontage is utilised for warehouse purposes. This floor will be used for fancy and light goods, and will be fitted up in a way to allow the work for the department being carried on with despatch. The ceilings of the street iloor and of the upper floor are each 14ft. in height, giving the interior of the building a roomy appearance. Both Manchester goods and s'.ops are at present stored in the lower floor of what we may term the old building, and the excess of goods stored on this floor will be lightened by the strict floor of the new place being used as the Manchester department. The upper floor is at present occupied with hosiery, haberdashery, and fancy goods, and when the extension is completed will be used merely for hosiery and haberdashery, as the new portion of the upper floor will be devoted to the fancy goods department. There will on each floor be entrances from the old to the new building, and the offices will extend into the front part of the street floor of the addition. The whole of the windows in the rear of the premises are protected from the risk they would otherwise cause of allowing ingress to tire by Clarke's patent self-acting steel shutters. Formerly steel shutters were let up or down by tediously turning a handle—but in these this trouble is done away with, and the shutters go up and down almost on a touch of the finger. Some of the windows of the front of the building are also similarly protected. A stone and brick wall—two feet thick and 24 feet in height—extends back from one side of the bnilding along the boundary of the section for a distance of over 30 feet, and separates the property from adjacent wooden buildings. The stock in so large a soft goods warehouse being of far greater value than most of the outside public would inngine, to diminish the necessary heavy sum paid for insurance every po siblc precaution has to be taken against fire. Communication will be made between the old and new buildings by arches, which will be opened through the walls now intervening ; and there is also to be a hydraulic lift, made by Messrs Frazer, Wishart, and Buchanan, and capable of lifting a ton and-ahalf. This lift will be placed at the junction of the old and new buildings, and will not only communictate with every floor, but with every department. The old building is now in a very crowded state, and though it will, to some extent, be relieved when portion of the stock is removed into the enlargement, yet it is considered that it will not be then sufficiently large, and it is probable that another large addition to the warehouse will be very soon in:ide at the rear. The new building has been carried out by Mr 11. C. M'Cormack, under the supervision of Messrs Mason and Wales. The architecture of the front portion is a continuation of the design by Mr M'Gregor, architect and engineer, for the old portion of the premises. The whole of the front is of Ounatu stone, with the exception of the bases of the columns, which are of Vort Chalmers bluestone, and, for a warehouse front, is very handsome. Instead of the patchwork appearance which generally characterises additions to buildings, the building, as complete, is carried out on one plan, and looks accordingly.

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CITY IMPROVEMENTS. Otago Daily Times, Issue 3801, 13 April 1874

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