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Auckland War Memorial Museum

This is the entry with which Auckland architectural practice Grierson, Aimer and Draffin won the 1922 competition to design the Auckland War Memorial Museum. Auckland Museum was founded in 1852, but by the 1920s it had outgrown its site. After the First World War a proposal that a new museum be built to commemorate the war dead of Auckland province was widely supported. Pukekawa, a hilltop site in Auckland's Domain, was secured, the design decided on, and the structure completed in 1929. A frieze running around the top of the building's exterior depicts battle scenes, and a cenotaph stands in the building's forecourt. This is where the city's Anzac Day dawn service takes place each year. The building has been extended twice, in 1960 and 2006. It remains among Auckland's most-loved public buildings.

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Ben Schrader, 'Public buildings - Civic and cultural buildings', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 June 2024)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 20 Jun 2012