Wellington Public Library

Wellington Central Library

First building occupied corner of Mercer and Wakefield Streets. Designed in 1890. Built 1891 to 1893. Opened 1893. It originally had a corner tower which was removed in 1894. Architect, William Chrichton. Second building is now occupied by the Wellington City Art Gallery (1997) and faces the new Civic Square. Originally this building faced Mercer Street which ran between it and the Town Hall. It was built between 1935 when the site was cleared and ca 1940. It was selected from an architectural competition also held in 1935. Two winners were chosen, one for the best interior planning, and one for the best exterior appearance.

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Date: 1893 By: St. George Company Ref: 1/2-003726-F Description: The Wellington Public Library just after it opened in 1893 and before the corner tower was removed in 1894. Photograph by St George. Quantity: 1 b&w origin...
Date: 1917 By: Clere, Frederick de Jersey, 1856-1952; Wellington Public Library Ref: C-053-021 Description: Speculative design for a cathedral in Gothic style with a major and a minor spire Presumably design for cathedral to replace Old St Paul's, possibly on St M...
'Summer City Festival', Civic Square, Wellington Public Library lawn, Wellington
Date: 1973 From: Westra, Ans, 1936-: Photographs Ref: AW-0743 Description: Shows scenes from the 'Summer City Festival' in Civic Square, Wellington Public Library lawn, Wellington, in 1973. Unless otherwise stated, all persons are ...
Scenes around the Wellington Public Library
Date: 1974 From: Westra, Ans, 1936-: Photographs Ref: AW-0944 Description: All frames show people outside the Wellington Public Library in Mercer Street. Frames 1 and 2 show a large group of young musicians, including singers, guita...
'Summer City' concert and dancing, Wellington Public Library lawn
Date: 1972 From: Westra, Ans, 1936-: Photographs Ref: AW-0627 Description: Shows people dancing at a 'Summer City' concert, Wellington Public Library lawn, Civic Square, Wellington, in 1972. Three negative frames feature Tim Dyce [a...
'Summer City' dancing on the Wellington City Library lawn
Date: 1972 From: Westra, Ans, 1936-: Photographs Ref: AW-0629 Description: Shows people dancing at a 'Summer City' event, Wellington Public Library lawn, Civic Square, Wellington, in 1972. Unless otherwise stated, all persons are un...
Spectators on the lawn outside Wellington Public Library
Date: 1976 From: Westra, Ans, 1936-: Photographs Ref: AW-1343 Description: All frames were taken on the lawn outside the Wellington Public library in Mercer Street showing the audience watching a perfomance of Vargo's Circus by alte...
Scenes around the Wellington Public Library lawn
Date: 1976 From: Westra, Ans, 1936-: Photographs Ref: AW-1342 Description: All scenes taken in the vicinity of the Wellington Public Library in Mercer Street, except the first two in Cuba Street. Frame one shows a young woman loweri...
Date: 2018 By: New Zealand Indonesia Association Ref: EPHDL-0396 Description: Digital flier advertising an exhibition of photographs shows logos of Wellington City Council, GNS Science, and the New Zealand Indonesia Association (a waya...
Date: [1991] From: Kidman, Fiona Judith (Dame), 1940- : Papers Ref: 93-067-24 Description: Includes poem by Niyaz Wilson to Kidman Quantity: 1 folder(s).
'Summer City' dancing on the Wellington Public Library lawn
Date: 1972 From: Westra, Ans, 1936-: Photographs Ref: AW-0628 Description: Shows people dancing at a 'Summer City' event on the Wellington Public Library lawn, Civic Square, Wellington, in 1972. Unless otherwise stated, all persons ...
Spectators at a performance of Vargo's Circus by theatrical group Red Mole
Date: 1976 From: Westra, Ans, 1936-: Photographs Ref: AW-1345 Description: All frames taken outside the Wellington Public Library in Mercer Street. Frame one shows a young couple sitting on a bench seat outside the building; he is w...
Date: 1952 From: Ronnie, Mary Allan, 1926- : Papers Ref: MS-Papers-6776-1 Description: Comprises administration report by Ronnie, `A History of Wellington public libraries' (1952) Quantity: 1 folder(s).
Date: 1916-1941 From: Stowell, Henry Matthew, 1859-1944 :Papers Ref: MS-Papers-0062-20 Description: Includes letters and material about Maori place names like Te Papaioea, Maori medicine or rongoa, Maori tribal histories of Tainui - Waikato, letters and pri...
Date: 1935 - 1940 By: Barton, Cranleigh Harper, 1890-1975 Ref: A-227-015 Description: The first large Wellington Public Library building with a hexagonal tower in Mercer Street. The style of the cars parked outside the building suggest that th...
Date: 1978 From: National Library of New Zealand: Photographs Ref: PA12-1205 Description: Quantity: 24 colour original transparency/ies.
Date: 1990-1991 From: Shephard, Wayne, active 1990-2001: Papers relating to Wellington buildings Ref: 2007-116-151 Description: File comprises Archive of Wellington Architecture research forms. Some forms include newspaper cuttings. Selected names indexed. Quantity: 1 folder(s).
Date: 1989-1999 From: Shephard, Wayne, active 1990-2001: Papers relating to Wellington buildings Ref: 2007-116-068 Description: File comprises Archive of Wellington Architecture research forms. Some forms include newspaper cuttings. Selected names indexed. Quantity: 1 folder(s).
Date: 1992 - 1999 Ref: Eph-C-PHOTO-EXHIBITION-1992/1999-1 Description: Includes: Colony of Reverence: Photographs by Colin Tucker. Lopdell Gallery, Titirangi, 5 March-14 April 1994. (Two copies). Festivals, Rituals and Ceremon...
Date: 1986 Ref: Eph-C-PHOTO-EXHIBITION-1986-1 Description: Includes: Bill Culbert: Citroen Series. Exposures Gallery, Wellington, October 1986. Dunedin Public Art Gallery, February 1987. Robert McDougall Art Galle...