New Zealand Parliamentary Library
|New Zealand Parliamentary Library|
The Parliamentary Library in 2006
|Architectural style||Gothic revival|
|Town or city||Wellington|
|Coordinates||41°16′38″S 174°46′36″E / 41.27723°S 174.77666°E|
|Designated||20 July 1989|
Completed in 1899, the New Zealand Parliamentary Library is the oldest of the buildings in the Parliament complex. It stands to the north of Parliament House (to its right, looking from the front).
The library was designed in Gothic revival style and was fire resistant, being constructed of masonry. The third story of the design was not built to save money. It had an iron fire-door separating the library from the main entrance section. This saved the library from the fire of 1907 which destroyed the rest of the (wooden) parliament buildings. Coincidentally, exactly the same thing happened in Ottawa in 1916—with fire doors saving the Library when the Centre Block of the Canadian Parliament burned.
The building is registered with the New Zealand Historic Places Trust as a Category I heritage structure with registration number 217.
- Parliamentary Library on the New Zealand Parliament website
- History of public buildings, including the Library at Te Ara
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