An update on my ‘Who Cares’ story regarding the old Dunedin Art Gallery at Logan Park.
There was a hearing regarding plans for it yesterday. It was written up in the Otago Daily Times here. I should have said in my other post, that the original building from the 1925 South Seas exhibition has already had its ‘wings clipped’ with several bays lopped off. The council wants to remove more bays and other additions to make way for expansion of the University Oval cricket ground. It seems that the compromise for doing this is the restoration of what’s left.
What is sad, is that as a Category 1 listed building, it should never have been altered as it has been, but I am all for making the best of what we have left now. This is a lesson in getting buildings listed and the differences between category 1 & 2.
On this point, I have to note that the UFS building that I wrote about with its extensive cultural and interesting architectural history is not listed with the Historic Places Trust at all. I hope to remedy that.