The Australian Mutual Provident Society (AMP) building, designed by Louis Hay, was completed in 1935, Architect: Louis Hay,
Dates from 1934
Style: Chicago School While this building has many Hay features, it is unusual in that it has an Art Nouveau flavour with grapes and flowers. This was a style favoured by Louis Sullivan a mentor of Frank Lloyd Wright. Refer also national Tobacco building in Ahuriri
The 2 story concrete building is an example of the Chicago School/Prairie Style.The amicus (sculpture top left, barely discernible in photo) was carved locally to a standard AMP design. The Latin motto means ‘A true friend is discerned during an uncertain time’.
Built specifically for AMP, who altered it internally in 1974. AMP continued to use the building until 1991.
Bought by young lawyers who restored it to a high standard. Ground floor was a wine centre.
Currently waiting on new tenants.