Edisons was originally built in the 1930's, for the Municipal Electricity Department (hence the 'MED' you can see in the original photos).
Back in the day it was known as 'Electricity House' and it was where you went to pay your power bill, see demonstrations of the latest home tech (electric hot water cylinders! electric cooking!) and where the controls for Wellington's traffic lights were tested and managed. If you didn't quite yet trust electricity, a fully-electric bungalow showhome was on the roof. Yes, really.
A selection of archival photos is below, as well as information on the character features incorporated in Edison's latest rejuvenation as a boutique apartment offering.
A true character.
Edisons boasts genuine ambience via beautiful character features. These include original steel crittall style windows, polished matai flooring and impressive columns.
Ceilings are stunning, with exposed framework highlighting its industrial depth and generous stud, which is typically 2.4m - 3.4m. Lift/stair lobby areas are spacious, with art deco detailing on many floors.
These character details have been expertly refurbished and combined with the luxury modernisation of the new build apartments and penthouses.