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Notes on the Geography of New Zealand: Dunedin 2 (Institutional): Photo 13

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Here's the Municipal Chambers, built in 1880 and overlooking the center of the Octagon. You can see from the slope of the land that we've moved from filled land to terra firma; even so, the tower was removed in 1964 for fear of earthquakes. People missed the old tower, and so an earthquake-proof replica was built. The building's original architect was the same Robert Lawson met in Dunedin 1, but here he was liberated from warehouse-and-brewery plainness. Niel Wales writes that this building gave "Dunedin a civic dignity it had never had before." The building on the right is the mega-inspirational Civic Center, added in 1982 for council staff. What? You like it? Well, take heart, Dunedin has more like it. You just won't see a lot of it on this website, which has standards to maintain.

See Knight and Wales, p. 146. For a photo of the building when its tower was truncated, with a simple ogee cap over the clock, see K.C. McDonald, City of Dunedin, 1965, after p. 336.

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