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Elevations and Floor Plans, Caccia Birch House, Restoration - c.1990
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Elevations and Floor Plans, Caccia Birch House, Restoration - c.1990

Elevations and floor plans for a restoration proposal for Caccia Birch House, circa 1990. Caccia Birch House was designed for Norwegian settler Jacob Nannestad and his wife Anna. In 1903, Englishman John Henderson Pollock Strang and his wife Mary purchased the property and named it "Woodhey". It became the temporary residence of the Governor-General of New Zealand, Lord Plunket after a 1907 fire destroyed Parliament buildings. In 1921, Caccia Birch purchased the property. In the 1930s, a portion of the property, the Hokowhitu Lagoon, was given to the Palmerston North City Council while the rest of the property was given to the government in 1941. The Caccia Birch House was used by the military during the Second World War and subsequently became a convalescent home for servicewomen and nurses. It was used as an educational institution during the period from 1960 to 1976. In 1983, it was given to the city council. The Caccia Birch Trust Board was formed in 1989, and in 1992, it was turned into a conference and function centre.

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Date
January 1, 1990
Place
Hokowhitu
 
The Square

The Square

Looking across The Square to Arthur Barnett department store. This building was built for C M Ross Co Ltd in 1927-1928. In 1959 it was sold to Milne and Choyce, in 1966 to the D.I.C. which was bought out by Arthur Barnett in 1987. At a time of declining department stores and a new plaza on the other side of The Square, Arthur Barnett vacated the building in 1990. In 1993 the Palmerston North City Council bought the building and renovated it into the new City Library, opened in 1996.

 
Construction of the Palmerston North City Library

Construction of the Palmerston North City Library

Workmen on the first floor of the new City Library building during construction. The building was originally constructed in The Square in 1928, by C M Ross as a department store. It subsequently became the Milne and Choyce, DIC and Arthur Barnett department stores, until bought by the Palmerston North City Council in 1992 and renovated as the new City Library, opening 1996.

 
Construction of Grandstands, Memorial Park

Construction of Grandstands, Memorial Park

Photograph of builders laying foundations, concrete and steel for the grandstands at Memorial Park, dated 13 March 1952. Formerly a ballast pit owned by New Zealand Railways, the Memorial Park area was developed as a recreational area from 1938 until 1954. Renamed Fitzroy Park, the eastern end of the park was beautified after being sold to the Palmerston North City Council, with the western side of the park being developed after WWII to commemorate those who served overseas. The entire area was renamed Memorial Park after an official opening on 3 December 1954.

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Date
March 13, 1952
Place
Memorial Park
 
‘National Award for Architecture’ plaque, Palmerston North City Library

‘National Award for Architecture’ plaque, Palmerston North City Library

The new City Library, designed by Ian Athfield, won an award for architecture from the NZ Institute of Architects. The building was originally the C M Ross department store, built 1928, and was bought by the City Council and renovated as the City Library, opening 1996. From left: Paul Rieger, Mayor; Anthony Lewis, City Library Manager; Brian Elliott, President of the Manawatu Architects' Association.

 
Book chain, transporting books to the new Palmerston North City Library

Book chain, transporting books to the new Palmerston North City Library

A human book chain was used to transport some of the books from the former Public Library to the new Library on the opposite side of The Square. Children and Army personnel helped to transport books. The purple cushion was made by Tessa Burt, a staff member, to carry the first book across into the new Library.

 
Third floor window of new Palmerston North City Library

Third floor window of new Palmerston North City Library

The City Library was originally constructed as the C M Ross Co. Ltd department store, in The Square in 1928. This window on the third floor, overlooking The Square, was from the original building and was retained when renovating the building as a library, opened 1996. The photograph was taken during renovations

 
Shell Map of Manawatu

Shell Map of Manawatu

This map was created for the Shell Company of New Zealand Ltd by Coulls Somerville Wilkie Ltd. Dunedin (Lithography) and Palmer and Mahood Ltd Wellington (Draughtsmen). It details the condition of all the major roads in the region, as well as amenities like camping grounds, schools, cemeteries and Shell Company petrol stations.

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Date
1950s
 
Sale of land notice, for Sir James Prendergast's Fitzherbert property

Sale of land notice, for Sir James Prendergast's Fitzherbert property

Plan of Sir James Prendergast's Fitzherbert property, comprising 3743 acres of land in close proximity to the Borough of Palmerston North, to be sold by public auction by Abraham and Williams 31 January 1900. Prendergast owned a large holding directly across the Manawatu River from Palmerston North. The subdivision and sale of this property in 1900 preceded the establishment of Massey Agricultural College, on much of the said land.

 
Invitation to 'Old Identities' of Palmerston North, to celebrate the acheiving of city status

Invitation to 'Old Identities' of Palmerston North, to celebrate the acheiving of city status

A week of celebrations were held to mark the elevation of Palmerston North to a city, 18-22 November 1930. An Old Identities Gathering was held 21 November, with the qualification for those attending being citizens over 55 years who had resided in the city for at least 40 years. The day included a service, luncheon and drive around the city.

 
Plan of the Ladies Rest Room, the Square

Plan of the Ladies Rest Room, the Square

A plan of the "Ladies Conveniences - The Square". This is one of the original architect's plans drawn up by Palmerston North City Council staff for the construction of a new ladies toilets, built on the site of an earlier building from 1918. The Ladies Rest building is in the Art Deco style and remains standing today with some changes. The plan shows front and rear elevations and two longitudinal sections showing some details of the construction. Scale 4 feet to 1 inch.

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Date
July 20, 1936
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Civic Administration Building and Clock Tower

Civic Administration Building and Clock Tower

This image was taken from the then Public Library building on the corner of Main Street and The Square. It looks across The Square to the Civic Administration Building (centre) - an example of Brutalism architecture, and often referred to locally as the 'Battleship' - the Hopwood clock tower completed in 1957 and the NZI high rise building.

 
Palmerston North City Library stairwell and lift, 1st floor.

Palmerston North City Library stairwell and lift, 1st floor.

The new City Library, opened 1996, was originally built for the C M Ross Co. Ltd as a department store, in 1928. The original staircase and lift, as seen, is now not open to the public. The window overlooks the newly constructed rampway entrance to the Library.

 
Arthur Barnett store, conversion into new Palmerston North City Library

Arthur Barnett store, conversion into new Palmerston North City Library

A new City Library was opened in Palmerston North in 1996. The building was originally constructed in The Square as the C M Ross Co Ltd department store. It was subsequently owned by Milne and Choyce, DIC and Arthur Barnett. It was bought by the City Council from Arthur Barnett and was renovated into the new City Library.

 
Construction of new Palmerston North City Library

Construction of new Palmerston North City Library

An aerial view of the renovations to the former department store that became the City Library. The building was originally constructed as the C M Ross Co Ltd department store, in 1928, and stretched from The Square to George Street. The construction in the foreground of the photograph is the new extension along George Street, with shops on the street level and part of the Library above.

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