Sunday, 11 March 2012

Architectural Heritage of New Zealand


New Zealand Post issued commemorative stamp set that features Architectural Heritage on April 3, 2002. The issue comprises of 6 postage stamps depicts  the Auckland War Memorial Museum, Stone store at Kerikeri, the Art Centre at Christchurch, Government Building at Wellington, Railway station at Dunedin, and Sky tower at Auckland.
 
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The Auckland War Memorial Museum is one of New Zealand's most important museums and war memorials. The museum have  collections concentrate on New Zealand history (and especially the history of the Auckland Region), natural history, as well as military history.
The museum is also one of the most iconic Auckland buildings, constructed in the neo-classicist style, and sitting on a grassed plinth (the remains of a dormant volcano) in the Auckland Domain, a large public park close to the Auckland Central Business District.



 




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The Stone Store at Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands is New Zealand’s oldest surviving stone building. The Stone Store was erected between 1832 and 1836 by mason William Parrott, carpenter Ben Nesbitt and a team of Māori. Construction was of sandstone from Australia, local volcanic rocks and burnt shell mortar. Iron ties and window bars were forged by James Kemp, (though these unfortunately corroded the sandstone). Initially it had a wooden belfry on one side.

The store was designed by John Hobbs to replace an earlier wooden store house. The Stone Store was intended to be the base of the Church Missionary Society’s trading post, selling produce from the farms at Te Waimate mission to ships, and European goods to Māori.
The Stone Store was purchased from the Kemps by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust in 1975. Conservation work was done in the 1990s. The store, together with the neighboring Mission House now form a small museum.
 
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The Christchurch Arts Centre is a hub for arts, crafts and entertainment in Christchurch, New Zealand. It is located in the neo-gothic former University of Canterbury buildings, the majority of which were designed by Benjamin Mountfort.
It is listed as a Category I building (register number 7301) by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.

The Christchurch Arts Centre includes speciality shops, bars, cafes, restaurants, galleries, theatres and cinemas. There is also a weekend market. Many festivals and special events are performed in this place.
The Court Theatre is a professional theatre company. It was founded in 1971 and has been at the Arts Centre since 1976. The Twelve Local Heroes is a series of bronze busts located on Worcester Boulevard outside the Arts Centre to commemorate twelve local Christchurch people who were prominent in their respective fields in the latter part of the 20th century.
 
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The Government Buildings Historic Reserve, or more commonly referred to as the Old Government Buildings, is situated on Lambton Quay in Wellington. It was completed in 1876, is the largest wooden building in the Southern Hemisphere, and the second-largest wooden building in the world .
The Old Government Building was an important symbol of nationhood, as it was completed in the same month that provincial government in New Zealand ended and central government 'finally asserted its authority'. It was built to house New Zealand's civil service, and now houses the Victoria University of Wellington's Law School. The building, is classified as a "Category I"  historic place by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust
The public may view the displays on the ground floor and the Cabinet room on the first floor, but the rest of the building is leased to the Victoria University School of Law .
 
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Possibly the best-known building in the southern half of New Zealand's South Island, Dunedin Railway Station is a jewel in the country's architectural crown. Designed by George Troup, the station is the fourth building to have served as Dunedin's railway station. It earned its architect the nickname of "Gingerbread George".
Dunedin Railway Station is served by daily sightseeing trains to Middlemarch or Pukerangi via the Taieri Gorge, and to Palmerston. Although lacking any facilities specific to bus travel, the station is Dunedin's terminal for shuttle vans to Dunedin International Airport and for most long-distance bus companies, other than Intercity, which has its own terminal nearby.

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The Sky Tower is an observation and telecommunications tower located on the corner of Victoria and Federal Streets in the Auckland CBD, Auckland City, New Zealand. It is 328 metres tall, as measured from ground level to the top of the mast, making it the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere.
Due to its shape and height, especially when compared to the next tallest structures, it has become an iconic structure in Auckland's skyline.The tower is designed to withstand wind in excess of 200 km/h  and resist earthquakes with a 1,000 year return period.

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