Old Logan Park Art Gallery

A great weekend feature in Otago Daily Times, thanks Kim!

### ODT Online Sat, 4 Dec 2010
‘Fantastic compromise’ saves day
By Kim Dungey
The former Logan Park art gallery is a good example of how heritage significance is not just about pretty buildings, says Jackie Gillies, the architect who has prepared plans for the building’s refurbishment. Few people would use the word pretty to describe the building, a restrained design that was typical of the 1920s and a reaction against the fussy architecture of the late-Victorian era. But Ms Gillies says social and cultural significance are also important.

“In an ideal world, [the former gallery] would not have been reduced in size … But I’m quite excited about how the proximity of the building to the cricket oval will allow some absolutely amazing views through the building straight on to the cricket ground.”
–Jackie Gillies, conservation architect

“A real threat has been hanging over it for a long time … Thank God a few people knuckled down and saved it, and saved it in a way where everyone gets what they want.”
–John Blennerhasset, great-grandson of Percy Sargood

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### ODT Online Sat, 4 Dec 2010
When the world came to Dunedin
If Dunedin’s leaders today announced they were going to stage an expo over 6.5ha and attract more than 3 million visitors, locals might think they were dreaming. But that’s exactly what happened in 1925 and the former Logan Park art gallery is a reminder. The gallery is the sole surviving building from the 1925-6 New Zealand and South Seas Exhibition, being the only structure built of permanent materials, for insurance reasons.
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### ODT Online Sat, 4 Dec 2010
Sargoods’ gallery gift in memory of Gallipoli sacrifice
By Kim Dungey
The former Logan Park art gallery owes its survival to a wealthy Dunedin couple and events at Gallipoli. It was at Chunuk Bair that 22-year-old Lieutenant Cedric Rolfe Sargood, of the Otago Battalion, went missing in action in August 1915. A little more than a decade later, his parents, Percy and Lucy Sargood, approached the company which had staged the New Zealand and South Seas Exhibition with an offer to buy the exhibition’s art gallery for £4000. They then donated it to the city as a public art gallery in memory of their son.
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23 responses to “Old Logan Park Art Gallery

  1. Stu

    Angus, my four year old, has been watching this development with interest (it’s one of the sites we check regularly: stadium, Polytech, SH88, Art Gallery/Oval). On balance, we like the look of it and I have the feeling this is going to become an iconic cricket venue. If they can sort out the weather and pitch issues.

  2. kate

    This story epitomises the issue we have in Dunedin where we have a wealth of heritage buildings and wonderful stories about almost everyone, but which are the most important and which should we prioritise in protecting.

    The other issue is that we generally focus on commercial buildings to protect yet many of our amazing streetscapes are reflective of residential architectural styles not commercial.

    If we were all given a chance which buildings would we rank and how?

    Would we want a few houses and commercial buildings from each decade to preserve a range of history, or is it more important to preserve 1 or 2 actual streetscapes as they stand together? Or is the social story behind the building of even more import?

    What would your top ten buildings, top ten houses and top ten sites in Dunedin be should we have a choice in protecting them?

  3. kate

    Elizabeth I was not responding as any part of the DCC. That is a role I keep separate.

    While I appreciate that Glen has done much work in this area, we all come with biases and familiarity with our own location. Harbour Cone for example had many supporting its protection, (yet no suggestion those that benefit also get targeted rated), while the same may yet happen to preserve Saddle Hill from all vantage points not from just a small part of the Taieri.

    I am always happy to reconsider what I think is important – to look at things from others perspectives and maybe change my views. Getting that opportunity requires people to feel happy to make suggestions of what they think are important – it may be as simple as a water trough on an old highway, but not everyone feels happy or qualified to make suggestions like that. I stand by the suggestion that if we want to consider what if about Dunedin, we should also consider what if without.

    Maybe the issue here – and I am not sure where you are coming from here Elizabeth is that the story was not well told, well known or well appreciated at the time to get that ground swell of support – or maybe other issues were distracting our mind – to preserve something precious. Isn’t that even more reason to give people a forum to put their views down.

    • Elizabeth

      As ODT reporting staff have stated in the past… if you are Chair of NZHPT Otago Branch – or the Queen of England – you always wear that hat during your term of office, even when brushing your teeth.

      You always wear the hat of Chair of Planning and Environment Committee for as long as you are in the role. Here or anywhere.


      In September 2004, DCC invited nominations* for historic buildings, structures and sites from interested organisations and individuals, towards potential assessment of items for inclusion in District Plan Schedule 25.1. It’s my understanding there is more work planned for the Dunedin metropolitan area and districts, with associated rounds of public consultation. Any new listings for the District Plan will require a Plan Change.

      For more information, contact Glen Hazelton, Policy Planner – Heritage, at the Dunedin City Council on 477 4000.

      *The City Development Team (DCC) holds the spreadsheet of nominations – a copy of which I have on file, having been one of the contributors.

  4. Richard

    All good stuff but just one thing, the spending of $5m+ requires the building to have a functional use. Hopefully it will.

  5. Anonymous

    Don’t forget this is the building that SPARC/HPSNZ just moved out of, so one would think it came reasonably well-equipped for sporting activities…

  6. Peter

    How does this affect the hoped for 4.9% rates rise this year? An add on or is something else to be cut out in the LTP? Like arts/culture. Yet another sports project. As Farry has so wisely said to us, re his baby, ‘we are only limited by our imaginations’.( Though, to be fair, who else would use such a building stuck out in the middle of a sports ground).
    Personally, while I understand its historic significance, it seems a very unremarkable building from my memory of going there years ago when it was the art gallery. From the outside, it looks plain and ugly IMHO.
    What did Chin say about the bull dozer?

    • Elizabeth

      Peter, it’s not clear where the money’s coming from exactly but appears to be from the Logan Park Redevelopment project that ‘was’ budgeted, by debt funding. There are conditions on the resource consent that make it imperative the building is weather sealed (see the memorandum of understanding with NZHPT) whether or not redevelopment work proceeds. That is legally binding to prevent further deterioration of the fabric (roof leaking). I’ll check the status tomorrow. The Sargood family trust (historic benefactors) has a vital interest and that has to be respected also.

      It does seem sensible to have the currently indicated sports tenants, rather than to be an (risky) events pavilion – mainly for Cricket old boys and “international media” – as formerly thought during the resource consent process, chaperoned by the late (ahem) Graham Hall – who confessed to me that he’d phoned a few interested parties to NOT make submissions on the application…

  7. Peter

    Might go there if they put piranhas in the proposed ‘reflection’ pool. Never know who might be standing nearby…deep in thought!

  8. Calvin Oaten

    The building would make a grand mausoleum in which the ashes of all the ‘sports jocks’ who promoted the debt funding of the monstrous Stadium/ Logan Park sports complexes would be interred. Malcolm could occupy pride of place in the foyer, in marble as his own version of a “Pieta”, alongside the ‘wrestlers’. The rest could be interred in their own crypts. It could be made retrospective and Richard could have ‘first dibs’. There would be a scaling of misdeeds by the ancient Sumerian deity ‘Utu’ and they would be placed accordingly. Michael Guest would be right down in the deepest catacombs.
    There could be formal ‘Civic’ internment ceremonies presided over by the Mayor of the day. It would be fully chargeable to the families of the deceased, thus making it ‘fiscally neutral’. That way, a heritage building could be retained, with no addition to the city’s debt. Peter, you could still have your ‘piranhas’, although I doubt they would be tempted by the offerings.

    • Elizabeth

      THAT is the answer.

    • Elizabeth

      ### ODT Online Tue, 8 May 2012
      Polytech council approves plan to relocate sports institute
      By Vaughan Elder
      Otago Polytechnic has approved plans to move the Otago Institute of Sport and Adventure to the former art gallery building at Logan Park once a $3 million refurbishment plan has been endorsed by the Dunedin City Council. If the plan is approved by the city council, the Otago Institute of Sport and Adventure, now situated in Harbour Tce, would become the largest tenant in the upgraded building.
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      Which councillors are currently appointed to the Otago Polytechnic Board?

      Ian Butcher is the project architect.

      • Elizabeth


        Critique would have been useful via submission into the resource consent process. The application proposed the building’s adaptation to a pavilion for events use, including potential support to international fixtures for cricket at the Oval. Jackie Gillies, architect, was retained by DCC for the application and hearing. Subsequently, architect Ian Butcher has been commissioned; and the building is destined for leasehold tenanting (Otago Polytechnic Institute of Sport and Adventure, and Sport Otago). Concept plans as they have been developed have always included the addition of windows in some form to facilitate change of use for the old art gallery that is complementary to the council’s redevelopment of Logan Park. This matter was covered at hearing prior to consent being granted, with conditions. However, there was no-one present at hearing to argue along the lines of the columnist’s concerns.

        • Elizabeth

          ### ODT Online Wed, 16 May 2012
          Old art gallery to become sports hub
          By Vaughan Elder
          The approval of a $3 million refurbishment to turn the former art gallery at Logan Park into a sports hub is a “great coup” for the city, a spokesman for Otago Polytechnic, which will become the biggest tenant of the facility, says.
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  9. Peter

    Move over, Malcolm. These are the words of a true visionary. The one and only Calvin Oaten.

  10. Hype O'Thermia

    When you say catacombs, Calvin – is that the same as long-drop?

  11. Mike

    We are talking about lake logan …. long drops wont be very long, catacombs are more likely to look like sandpits

  12. Calvin Oaten

    Hype; similar, but darker.

    Mike; no, not very long, but sand and ashes ain’t all that different.

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