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THE HAMILTON MODERN PROJECT

 

The second half of the 20th century is problematic for architectural historians in New Zealand. Unlike the pre-war period that preceded it, the "mid-century modern" period is not yet old enough to attract the interest of heritage scholars. And unlike the recent past, it has not been well-treated by either policy or technology.

In short, much of the best New Zealand architecture between 1945 and 1995 is neither valued nor well-documented. Little of it is protected, and until 1993, local authorities were not required to keep copies of the plans lodged with them for building consents - and most of them didn't!

This project is intended to contribute to a resurgent interest in modernist architecture, and it is focused on three architects whose practices were based in Hamilton and much of whose work was undertaken in the city and surrounding Waikato region: Philip Sherwood King, Dick Mercer and Bernard Gleeson. All three architects can fairly be described as "modernist" in at least a regional sense, but apart from their Hamilton location their only other common feature is the fact that their work remains essentially undocumented at this time.

As a work in progress, these pages are subject to frequent review.

MIRINZ

Philip Sherwood King

 

 

SKELTON

Richard (Dick) Mercer

 

 

CAMBRIDGE

Bernard (Bernie) Gleeson

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