My favourite modernist building … Old Wool House


In the late 1950s I had cause to visit Bernard Johns & Whitwell’s office one night, Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 16th October 2016
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So why is modernism so important?

So why modernism is important? Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 24th August 2016
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My favourite modernist building … The Barbican

Naming a favourite building is always a tricky question to answer, Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 6th August 2016
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Bill Toomath

Bill Toomath passed away today.
He will be hugely, sadly missed.

Posted on 20th March 2014
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Toomath Two Houses

Bus tour and afternoon tea.
Sunday 7th March 2.00pm only
Two Bill Toomath designed homes in Mt Victoria will be open to view.
Catch a bus up to the house for afternoon tea for just $5.
Places are limited to 30 seats RSVP to
Starts at the City Gallery

Posted on 19th February 2010
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S William Toomath

Opening 28 January at the City Gallery will be an exhibition on the long and distinguished career of Wellington architect S William Toomath. The exhibition, Liberating Everyday Life, will provide an overview of Bill Toomath’s work over the many years he has been around.

An early member of the Architectural Centre, still an active member, and still firing on all cylinders now, Bill will be speaking on Thursday night (28 January, 5.15 pm on) at the City Gallery in a discussion labelled “Morals of the Modern: Changing Values of Modern Architecture since Bill Toomath was a Boy”. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 23rd January 2010
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Hot Rod Heritage: Are we too precious about architecture?

Such a question will no doubt be met with cries of “What is this woman on about?” And justifiably so. New Zealand’s current stock of architectural heritage is thinly spread, under-researched, under-resourced, largely uncared for and still struggling under the weight of a nineteenth-century bias. It survives, it could be argued, from recession to recession; a tempered, stagnant, or backward economy countering the illogics of progress, where signals of the past are often substituted for fostering an economic culture.

Preciousness, taonga, city council heritage officers, the NZHPT and the MCH are surely the answer to fighting the battle, if not the war, waged constantly on architectural heritage. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 17th April 2009
Under: RANTING | 9 Comments »