Dorset Street Flats
2-12 Dorset Street, City
These eight flats were produced for three young bachelor owners (including Warren himself), each having one flat to occupy and the others available to rent. Designed before W&M was officially established, it employs the ideas he brought back from Britain. The result is a simple but elegant composition of concrete block, in-situ RC floor structures, full-height openings and low-pitched timber-framed roofs. The first conscious use of concrete block and fairface concrete inside a NZ house, the building was dubbed “Fort Dorset” by scandalized locals. See Home & Building Jan.1959 and Sept. 1959, and Arch. Design Dec. 1961.
Itinerary of early Warren and Mahoney buildings, prepared by "Block", the broadsheet of the Auckland Branch of the NZIA (now under the Architecture Archive, University of Auckland). July 2008.