The Remuera Service Desk has relocated from the local CAB to Remuera Library… we are being hosted in an award-winning building.
Those Justices of the Peace rostered to the Service Desk and all who use the library are probably unaware of its pedigree and rich history.
In the mid-1920s it was decided to replace Remuera’s original library. Land on the corner of St Vincent Ave and Remuera Road was purchased in 1924 for £4,729 – considered then a very good price: today, even more so!
Leading Auckland architects Gummer and Ford were commissioned to design the building and in July 1926 the new library was opened by Councillor Ellen Melville, chair of the Library Committee, who at the time vigorously campaigned for free library services, an idea first proposed in 1914 and which was introduced a few months before her death in 1946.
Remuera Library today, venue for the local Service Desk
Gummer and Ford’s design was acclaimed and in 1928 their design for Remuera Library won them the New Zealand Institute of Architects’ Gold Medal. Features included internal transparent partitions to afford good light and a Lecture Room which could seat 400.
Justices of the Peace will be at the Service Desk in Remuera Library, once acclaimed “one of the finest buildings in New Zealand”, on Tuesdays 10am – noon and on Fridays 2pm – 4pm.