Wandering around the quiet streets of Durie Hill in 2015 it can be hard to spot its intriguing beginnings as one of New Zealand’s first garden suburbs. But if you look closer, a number of common features appear: curved streets peppered with bungalows characteristic of the 1920s, communal green spaces and streets lined with camellias and pohutukawa.
Post World War One, develops W.J. Polson and his brother in law Colonal A.E. Wilson decided to commission well respected architect Samuel Hurst Seager to design Durie Hill as one of the country’s first garden suburbs for Whanganui, then a thriving provincial town. The elevator, opened in 1919 provided pedestrian access to the town and suddenly made difficult areas of land to access very desirable. In 1925 War Memorial Tower was opened to commemorate those that lost their lives in the First World War.
Garden suburbs like Durie Hill were an idea adapted from the work of Ebenezer Howard who had published “Garden Cities of Tomorrow” in 1898, proposing a new approach to urban planning where cities become self contained communities surrounded by greenbelts containing a balance of industry and agriculture. However, being conceived in the middle of two world wars and the Depression, Hurst Seager’s Durie Hill plans were never fully realised. Its housing stock today consists of a blend of architectural styles including state housing.
Wednesday 26 August 11am - 4pm (Wednesday) 11am - 5pm (Thursday - Friday) 11am - 3pm (Saturday) - 19 September, 2015
Melanie Roger Gallery - 226 Jervois Road, Herne Bay, Auckland, New Zealand
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