Molesworth Street, Wellington

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Molesworth Street
Maintained by Wellington City Council
Length800 m (2,600 ft)
Location Thorndon, Wellington, New Zealand
South end Lambton Quay/Bunny Street
North endTinakori Road/Park Street

Molesworth Street is located at the north end of the central business district of Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand. Leading from the northern end of Lambton Quay, central Wellington's main street, it is a northbound one-way street linking the CBD with Tinakori Road, and through it, with main routes north out of the city. The street was named for Sir William Molesworth, 8th Baronet, a prominent member of the New Zealand Company. There is another Molesworth Street in the Wellington metropolitan area, located in the Lower Hutt suburb of Taita.

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The Molesworth Street frontage of The Beehive and Parliament Buildings. Bowen House Beehive Parliament.JPG
The Molesworth Street frontage of The Beehive and Parliament Buildings.

Many of New Zealand's main governmental and archival institutions are located on Molesworth Street, most notably New Zealand Parliament Buildings, which are located at the street's southern end. The iconic Beehive is a major landmark close to the street's junction with Lambton Quay and Bowen Street. The High Court is also located at the southern end of the building, directly opposite Parliament Buildings.

The New Zealand Parliament Buildings house the New Zealand Parliament and are on a 45,000 square metre site at the northern end of Lambton Quay, Wellington. They consist of the Edwardian neoclassical-style Parliament House (1922); the Parliamentary Library (1899); the executive wing, called "The Beehive" (1977); and Bowen House, in use since 1991. Whilst most of the individual buildings are outstanding for different reasons, the overall setting that has been achieved "has little aesthetic or architectural coherence".

Other prominent buildings on or near Molesworth Street include the Court of Appeal, St Paul's Cathedral (Anglican), National Library of New Zealand, and Sacred Heart Cathedral (Catholic). Molesworth Street was also the site of New Zealand's first national cenotaph [1] (this was later moved to the National War Memorial on Buckle Street, 2000 metres to the south).

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  1. "Anzac Day wreaths at the temporary cenotaph, corner of Molesworth Street and Lambton Quay, Wellington.1928". Retrieved 2015-09-21.
  2. "Film: clash on Molesworth St - 1981 Springbok tour". NZHistory. 1981-07-29. Retrieved 2015-09-21.

Coordinates: 41°16′31″S174°46′40″E / 41.275182°S 174.777848°E / -41.275182; 174.777848

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