South British Insurance, 326 Lambton Quay (1936)

Founded in 1872, South British Insurance Company was a significant New Zealand business that achieved international success.

South British occupied this site for 100 years — previously leasing part of the CBA’s former building — and built it’s only purpose-built office here in 1936. The building was designed by Auckland architect M.K. Draffin who also designed South British’s Auckland office.

The design, principally neo-Georgian on a Chicago-style office building, was much less daring than the Prudential Insurance building next door.

South British merged with New Zealand Insurance in 1982.