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The city has two icons, and they're damned near interchangeable. Here's the first, the 1879 main building of Otago University. This was New Zealand's first university, opened eight years before this building's completion. The building is probably more stately now than 50 years ago, when streetcars ran, clang-clang, along the far side of the creek just below this lawn. The architect was Maxwell Bury of Nelson; the facing is from two local stones, Oamaru limestone and a gray basalt perplexingly called bluestone. Bury's model was perhaps Glasgow University, designed by that Victorian eminence, George Gilbert Scott.

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