Where: Auckland Central City Library, Whare Wananga Level 2
Richard Wolfe talks about his new book, a fascinating social and historical narrative in which he discusses 20 notable structures that no longer exist in New Zealand.
New Zealand has a disappointing record of preserving its oldest and proudest buildings. In his new book, well-known historian Richard Wolfe features 20 notable structures which, for various reasons, no longer exist. Most of the buildings have been demolished in the name of urban development, creating controversy and representing a damning indictment of this country’s sense of heritage.
Each building is illustrated and discussed, including the circumstances of its demise. The selection includes: Ruapekapeka pa in Northland (burned down deliberately), Admiralty House in Auckland (demolished to make way for new roads), Wellington’s Parliament Buildings (accidental fire), Invercargill’s Seacliff Asylum (fire) and TJ Edmonds' landmark factory (bulldozed).
What emerges is a fascinating social and historical narrative that sheds light on parts of New Zealand’s cultural history and reveals the truth of the old adage that history repeats itself. Wolfe’s emphasis on the significance of lost architecture presents a powerful appeal for preservation of the important works that remain.
Join us for a welcome glass of wine at 5.30pm before the talk commences. Books will be available for sale and signing.
Booking is recommended for this event. Please phone 09 377 0209 or email Ana Worner.
Richard Wolfe is a well-known social historian and author of more than 20 books on subjects from history to arts and culture. He works as a freelance researcher and writer in Auckland