Historic Buildings

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Historic Buildings of Dunedin

 City of Grace and Grandeur

Of all New Zealand cities, Dunedin can boast the largest concentration of Victorian and Edwardian buildings.
This is mainly due to its rapid growth before and just after the turn of the century and its slower growth rate since.
Settled largely by the Scottish immigrants under the Lay Association of the Free Church of Scotland in 1848, Dunedin was slow to prosper initially. It was not until the discovery of gold in Central Otago in the 1860s that a city of the size and consequence you see today began to grow, and then at a pace which several decades later, saw it rise to become the country's leading commercial and industrial centre.
Trace the roots of New Zealand's biggest manufacturers, importers, commercial and transport firms today and you will find many had their origins in Dunedin.
Dunedin is also New Zealand's first University City, with educational buildings and traditions that are still the envy of the country. Fortuitously, the mid to late Victorian period of Dunedin's growth and prosperity coincided with an exciting era in the history of architecture, with revivals of Gothic, Italianate, Palladian and Georgian forms to name a few. Readily available building materials such as Leith Valley andesite and Port Chalmers bluestone, combined with "white stone" from North Otago and locally kilned bricks, complemented these forms handsomely, as well as helped reinforce the settlers' aspirations for Dunedin as the "Edinburgh of the South".
Although much of  Dunedin's early prosperity later headed northwards, much of the city's solidly built heritage remains to gain renewed appreciation more than a hundred years on.

The homes and buildings on this page have been registered by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust as worthy of permanent protection because of their architectural and/or historical significance. As many are privately owned, viewing is from the street only.

521 George Street

521 George Street

Former ANZ Bank, Princes Street

Former ANZ Bank, Princes Street

Former Bank of New Zealand, Princess Street

Former Bank of New Zealand, Princess Street

Chingford Stables, North East Valley

Chingford Stables, North East Valley

Columba Collage

Columba Collage

Southern Cross Buildi ng, Princess Street

Southern Cross Buildi ng, Princess Street

Crown Flour Mill

Crown Flour Mill

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First Presbyterian Church, Moray Place

First Presbyterian Church, Moray Place

Larnach Castle, Otago Peninsula

Larnach Castle, Otago Peninsula

Law Courts, Lower Stuart Street

Law Courts, Lower Stuart Street

Lisburn House, Caversham

Lisburn House, Caversham

New Zealand Road Services

New Zealand Road Services

Otago Boys High School

Otago Boys High School

Otago Girls High School

Otago Girls High School

Olveston

Olveston

HMS Prison

HMS Prison

Queens Gardens Court

Queens Gardens Court

St Dominic Priory

St Dominic Priory

St Joseph's Cathedral

St Joseph's Cathedral

St. Paul's Anglican Cathedral, The Octagon

St. Paul's Anglican Cathedral, The Octagon

Otago University

Otago University

Municipal Chambers, The Octagon

Municipal Chambers, The Octagon

Dunedin Railway Station

Dunedin Railway Station

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