New spirit for old store

The former Wilsons Distillery grain store, which has  been turned into apartments. Photos by...
The former Wilsons Distillery grain store, which has been turned into apartments. Photos by Christine O'Connor.
Manager Justin Gardner inside the building.
Manager Justin Gardner inside the building.

Another piece of Dunedin's history has received a new lease on life with the old Wilsons Distillery grain store converted to apartments.

Building manager Justin Gardner said the finishing touches were being applied to the about 100-year-old bluestone building in North Dunedin by builders Stevenson and Williams.

The two seven-bedroom apartments retained many of the original features of the grain store, including exposed brick, high ceilings and rimu trusses, Mr Gardner said.

The renovation was part of a wider trend of historic Dunedin buildings being given renovations sympathetic to their former uses.

"It's great to hear that a lot of Dunedin's old buildings are being renovated.''

The apartments added to several others built on the former Wilsons Distillery site, now named the Willowbank Quarter.

The store had been unused for more than a decade since the closure of Wilsons Distillery.

vaughan.elder@odt.co.nz

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