[Mail Building, Te Aroha] Drawing No. 2.
Edgar Ernest Gillman
11 May 1910
This drawing shows the first floor plan and transverse section A.B. This view of “The Mail” offices (1910) shows the timber construction, the monopitch iron roof and the stepped parapet used to disguise it. The first floor only occupies about half the area of the ground floor, but interestingly no use is made of the “terrace” area thus created. There is a verandah over the shop fronts. The upstairs offices, at approximately 13ft x 12ft are quite large, and we can deduce from this that each housed more than one person. The room at left has a fireplace and is next to the toilet – we can speculate that this is the staffroom, since the editor has his office on the ground floor. Notice the clever way that Gillman incorporates a perspective view into the cross-section drawing to illustrate the curve of the stair rail. This is a technique that he uses quite often.
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