Following the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake building regulations were changed to improve the strength and safety of new buildings. To make old buildings safer, councils in earthquake-prone centres such as Wellington ordered the removal of towers and unsecured ornamentation. This process picked up following the 1942 Wairarapa earthquakes. These photographs show the Government Printing Office in Wellington before and after its 'be-heading'. Its towers and other rooftop decorations were all removed, significantly altering the building's appearance. The structure was demolished in the 1970s.
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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: 1/2-032822 (top); 1/2-003031/A2835 (bottom)
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