One of the largest wooden buildings in the Southern hemisphere, this complex was built to house the early New Zealand governments and much of the public service. Italian in style, the imposing facade is designed to reflect the stone work of the period. Features of particular interest include a magnificent central staircase and an early example of a hydraulic lift. The original cabinet room is also open to public viewing. Newly restored, the complex now houses the Victoria University Law School and the Department of Conservation information office.