Remuera Library

Remuera Library
Remuera Library.jpg
Main entrance of the Remuera Library
CountryNew Zealand
Established1915; 105 years ago (1915)
LocationRemuera, Auckland
Branch ofAuckland Libraries
Remuera Library
Remuera Library is located in New Zealand
Remuera Library
Location within New Zealand
General information
TypePublic Library
Architectural styleArts and Crafts
LocationRemuera, Auckland
Coordinates36°52′51″S 174°48′00″E / 36.8809°S 174.7999°E / -36.8809; 174.7999Coordinates: 36°52′51″S 174°48′00″E / 36.8809°S 174.7999°E / -36.8809; 174.7999
Completed31 July 1926; 93 years ago (1926-07-31)
Inaugurated1926; 94 years ago
OwnerAuckland Council
Design and construction
ArchitectGummer and Ford
Awards and prizesNZIA Gold Medal in 1928
Designated2 April 1985
Reference no.115

Remuera Library is a local branch of Auckland Libraries, serving the suburb of Remuera. It is housed in a historic building, which is considered to be a landmark in the area.

History[edit]

In 1915, a branch library was established for Remuera. It was originally located in the brick shops located at 411–413 Remuera Road. The building had previously belonged to the Remuera Road Board, which amalgamated with the Auckland City Council in the same year. In 1926, parts of this building were taken to Point Chevalier and used to construct the public library there.[1]

On 31 July 1926, the Remuera Library was opened on its present site. The building was designed by the architectural firm Gummer and Ford, who were then one of the leading firms in Auckland. The building shows influences of Neo-Georgian and Arts and Crafts style architecture, stemming from Gummer's study in England under Edwin Lutyens. It has a largely open plan design, which was innovative at the time. The building won a NZIA gold medal for its design in 1928.[1]

The building features a large lecture hall which had previously been used to deliver public lectures. At some point in the mid-twentieth century, Auckland Libraries ceased their public lecture series (largely due to declining interest) and the lecture hall was converted to accommodate the library's growing collection. There is an entrance to the library through the lecture hall which remained closed for much of its existence. There were various additions made to the library during the late 1950s and early 1960s, including the building of partitioning walls.[1]

A major heritage restoration project was undertaken in 2002. This restoration undid many of the additions that had been made during the 1950s and 1960s. A disabilities ramp was installed leading to Saint Vincent Avenue and the lecture hall entrance to the library was finally re-opened. The staff workroom was also expanded, utilising the former stage as floorspace. These renovations led to the library winning another NZIA medal in 2004 in the Heritage and Conservation category.[1] [2]

In 2006, there was some debate about the gnomon on the sundial installed outside the library being set in the wrong direction, and therefore not working.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Gummer, Claire. "Looking in through a Library Window". A Latitude of Libraries. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Remuera Library Interior". Linda Simmons – Architect. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  3. ^ Samways, Ana (7 June 2006). "Sideswipe – Opinion". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 22 November 2013.

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