Dunedin, are you ‘of a mind’ to protect Historic Heritage?

Today ODT commences a new series about Dunedin’s historic heritage. The series continues on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week.

Despite the concerns, the calls for a co-ordinated preservation and adaptive re-use plan have been growing, alongside residents’ anger when they see much-loved buildings tagged for demolition.

### ODT Online Sat, 19 Feb 2011
Dunedin heritage: boom to dust?
By David Loughrey
Dunedin’s stock of heritage buildings is facing a problem more threatening than the ravages of time and weather – a lack of demand. Those charged with finding ways to preserve the city’s acclaimed architecture say this is a major problem.
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Image ©2011 Elizabeth Kerr

‘Money and taste, rather than historical or cultural significance, frequently determined which industrial sites survived.’

### ODT Online Sat, 19 Feb 2011
Bell tolling for Dunedin’s heritage
By Stu Oldham
Decades of neglect may have saved them but further decades of neglect could see their demise. The bell is tolling for many slowly crumbling warehouses, factories, workshops, and head offices in what used to be Dunedin’s waterfront business and industrial precinct. Historian Alexander Trapeznik, an associate professor at the University of Otago, says the buildings might be part of one of the most significant and under-valued mercantile heritage precincts in New Zealand. Prof Trapeznik says the precinct has been “overlooked” by the uninitiated, in part, because of the sometimes “myopic” view of built heritage that prevails in Dunedin. It was an “unbalanced view” that focused on “the ‘great’ – the great churches, public buildings, grand houses” and ultimately, the great people – rather than on the socially and economically important workplaces that helped finance them.

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4 responses to “Dunedin, are you ‘of a mind’ to protect Historic Heritage?

    • Elizabeth

      ### ODT Online Sat, 19 Feb 2011
      Tell us your favourite Dunedin heritage building
      What is your favourite heritage building in Dunedin?
      In conjunction with our series of the future of the city’s historic buildings, we are asking readers to nominate their favourites. Tell us the reasons why these buildings appeal to you. Feel free to nominate more than one. Please include your name and whether you live in Dunedin. Email us here. By all means attach photographs of the buildings. We will compile the nominations into a story and photo gallery at the end of the week.
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      ### ODT Online Sat, 19 Feb 2011
      Opinion: Paying the past its due
      By Peter Entwisle
      The earthquake in Christchurch and closer to home, the unassisted collapse of part of the Barron Building in Rattray St have got people asking what should be done to preserve our old buildings, who should do it and who should pay?
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      One for the road. . .
      [old post + pics] 28.12.10 Urban Outfitters Corporate Campus / Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle

  1. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Sun, 20 Feb 2011
    Opinion: Your Say
    Old Dunedin buildings
    Thank you for highlighting in the ODT about the need to preserve Dunedin’s existing old heritage buildings.
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  2. ### ODT Online Sat, 31 May 2014
    New life for old building
    By Timothy Brown
    More than a decade after its last tenants left, new life will be breathed into the historic New Zealand Loan and Mercantile Agency Company Ltd building in Dunedin. The exterior of the category two, 1872 building will be restored and the second floor redeveloped into a 24-unit apartment complex if a proposed resource consent application is approved, owner Russell Lund says. ”The building is protected so we won’t alter the outside to any great degree,” he said.
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    Comment at ODT Online:

    Dunedin heritage
    Submitted by ej kerr on Sun, 01/06/2014 – 2:53pm.
    Dunedin Dave – look about you, Dunedin is full of nineteenth and twentieth century buildings constructed of brick. You’ll have read about the buildings and the brick factories, and sampled books and magazines that foster appreciation for Dunedin’s distinctive cityscape. Of further interest, suggest you visit Built in Dunedin, a blog by architectural historian David Murray; and Upright! Supporting Dunedin’s Built Heritage, a page co-authored by Kari Wilson-Allan and David Murray. The work to maintain these resources is all voluntary and the content is par excellence.

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