At centre stage in the photo stands Turnbull's Wool Store. Within just a few decades of settlement the town had found clay, built brickworks to make bricks, and was consuming them in large numbers to build wool and grain stores for a burgeoning farming industry.
Timaru's hotel building era was yet to come; the town fabric was more rustic and labour intensive with many small workshops located in the CBD.
Turnbull's wool store is a fine asset to the town centre, and no doubt new uses will be found to fill its capacious interior. The exterior has some appealing quirks – the neo Georgian windows near The Terrace (in a wool store?), the original signage still showing through (Miles Archer & Co.) and the unique end to the building where it abuts the railway line. Many an architect has wondered how to handle a simple gable end where it meets a boundary at an odd angle. The answer here is breathtakingly simple – you just slice a corner off the building to make it fit!
This brick façade glows in the morning sun and is a unique element on the Timaru waterfront.