Dee and Tay Street
Invercargill’s early success resulted in the former formation of many well commercial buildings and churches on Dee and Tay Street (Invercargill’s main street). One of the many historic buildings is the ex-Dee Street Hospital, the oldest public hospital in New Zealand, situated at the northern end of Dee Street. You will also find the old-fashioned former Porter’s Lodge, built in 1866 and presumed to be the oldest house still standing in Invercargill.
Close by is St Paul’s Presbyterian Church, featuring a square tower that houses a set of bells manufactured in Italy from captured guns. Further along, stands the red brick Alexander Building built in 1901. It is well-known for its eclectic, Victorian style. Opposite the Alexander Building is the Grand Hotel built in 1913, famous for its cast iron banister balconies and for its Royal patronage during the 1954 visit by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip.
At the junction of Dee Street and Tay Street stands the Troopers’ Memorials with its Aberdeen granite columns, flanked by three stylish bank buildings, put up between 1876 and 1926.
On Tay Street you will find the Invercargill English Renaissance style Civic Theatre, contains a 1,050 seat theatre, a small concert hall and council offices . The Theatre was completed in 1906.
Also on Tay Street is St John’s Anglican Church, completed in 1913. Well-known for its stained-glass windows, the Gothic stone tracery and timber barrel-vaulted ceiling.
The Lombardy-style First Presbyterian Church, also in Tay Street, built in 1915 made with polychrome brick, features an unusual square 32-m (105-ft) tower, arched openings and intricate polychrome brick friezes and motifs.