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Dunedin Library 1906


Dunedin Public Library, 1906
Denis Fortune Collection.
Architects: Crichton and McKay.

Dunedin public library was funded with a grant of £10,000 by the Scottish-American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, one of a number of New Zealand libraries funded in this way. A national design competition, with a prize of 100 guineas, was won by Crichton and McKay over 19 other entries following which a tender for £9,085 was let in 1906, the library opened for lending in November 1909. It relocated to a new building in 1981 and the old building was demolished a short time afterward.

The collection includes only one sheet of elevations, the floor plans and other drawings have been given to the National Library.

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