This project involved a full exterior repaint of St George Court, a prominent building in North Dunedin that was erected in 1938. 

St George Court is an important piece of Dunedin’s architectural history, designed by Henry McDowell Smith for a public company in 1936. McDowell Smith (1887-1965) was born in Manchester, England, and worked in Newcastle then Invercargill, before setting up a practice in Dunedin in 1921 after his war service. 

His building designs in Otago and Southland include prominent homes such as University Lodge at St Leonards and Hudson House; as well as significant landmarks like the Octagon Theatre Dunedin (1938), Raes Junction Hotel (1934), Blacks Hotel Ophir (1938), Law Courts Hotel (1939), Maniototo Hospital (1942), the Rehabilitation Centre Anzac Avenue (1943), North End Service Station (1945) and the Signal Hill monument, among others.