Story: Public, commercial and church architecture

University of Otago building, Dunedin

This elevation plan shows the western face of the University of Otago building, designed by Maxwell Bury and opened in 1879. The building was erected in the Scottish baronial (Gothic) style and included a striking turreted clock tower that is reminiscent of Charles Barry's Queen Elizabeth tower at the British Parliament. Bury's plan was not totally realised. The southern gabled portion, intended as a chapel, was not built. This end was completed to a new, but sympathetic, design by architect Edmund Anscombe in 1914. The building is known as the Clock Tower Building and in 2014 housed the university registry. 

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Hocken Library, University of Otago
Reference: S14-139a
Ink and watercolour by Maxwell Bury

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Ben Schrader, 'Public, commercial and church architecture - Buildings of substance, 1860 to 1900', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/zoomify/44761/university-of-otago-building-dunedin (accessed 22 November 2019)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 22 Oct 2014