A new look at New Zealand
architecture through the lives and major works of the top 50
architects who practised here between 1840 and 1940. How they were
selected. Why they were great. Family backgrounds are there too.
Their noteworthy buildings are there in photographs, drawings,
postcards and newspaper advertisements. Some of the architects are
still famous; others, particularly from the early to mid-nineteenth
century, are less known but still remarkable. Most were based in
Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington or Dunedin, but a few stood out
in smaller centres.
GEOFF MEW has had
a second career as a historian with a particular interest in New
Zealand architecture and architects. He has published a range of
articles and jointly written two previous books, the latest being
Raupo to Deco (2014). He is an experienced photographer and many of
the images in the book were taken by him.
has been researching the history of New Zealand architecture since
the early 2000s. He is a professional archivist and team leader at
City Archives, Wellington.
pages • 280 illustrations
• Extensive references & index