I thought this was the former State Fire and Accident Insurance Office in Christchurch but I was wrong. It is in Timaru down the coast a bit. It is now used mainly by the Real Estate company Hastings McLeod.
In any case, it might still be a State Fire and Accident Insurance Office since there is one major clue, this magnificent stylised flame motif that appears below each window.
And the graduated red paintwork on the columns is somewhat fire-like and is perhaps a subtle reminder of the building's former use.
The doorway however appears to have been changed with a porch added requiring one of the flames to be covered but the complex deco patterns (perhaps Maori inspired) on either side of the transom window are still visible.
MELBOURNE ART DECO
In 2009 Robin Grow published a book on Melbourne Art Deco, with images largely supplied by David Thompson. The book quickly sold out and he is pleased to say that it has now been re-published by Brolga Press, with updates, errors corrected and a new cover.
Best of all, it is selling for about $25 in the shops and on-line. Art Deco & Modernism Society members can purchase a copy from me for $22, (includes postage within Australia). For overseas orders please email for postage rates. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested, and advise if you would like the book to be dedicated and/or signed.