Building not quite historic
One of Great North Rd’s historic buildings is being knocked down to make way for a car sales yard.
The 95-year-old Irish Club building near the corner of Ponsonby Rd is being demolished by Samson Corporation developer.
Originally built as a theatre in 1914, it was bought by the Irish Society in 1962 and used as a community hall until 2005. Auckland Irish Society president Michael Hickey says it was a focal point for the city’s Irish community, used every day of the week.
“We had Irish dances and it was full every Sunday night.”
The society sold the building because the central city location was too hard to get to in heavy traffic.
Mr Hickey says society members are happy at their new premises at the Rocky Nook Bowling Club in Mt Albert, but he says he’ll be a little sad to drive past and see the old club gone.
A resource consent has been granted by Auckland City Council for the site to be developed into a new building for car sales and service.
The building is not a scheduled heritage site but it is part of the Ponsonby Conservation Area.
Council resource consents manager Ian Smallburn says heritage issues and the historic character of the area were taken into consideration when deciding the resource consent.
Samson Corporation director Daniel Friedlander refused to comment on the development.