The classic text on New Zealand's domestic wooden vernacular architecture. Detailed and scholarly this book is the best yet published on the styles and construction of the colonial architectural heritage.
Reed Methuen Publishers Ltd., Auckland, 1986. Hardback with dust jacket. 246 pages. SECONDHAND
A pictorial history of early colonial housing, mainly in the early forestry settlements. Includes cob cottages, sacking huts, raupo whares etc. Historic photographs mainly from the Alexander Turnbull Library with accompanying text.
John McIndoe, Dunedin, 1979. Softback. 80 pages. SECONDHAND
Mason was the first architect to live and work in the infant colony, firstly in Auckland and then Dunedin. This book tells much about early colonial building and provides unexpected insights into the formative years of New Zealand.
Auckland University Press, 1971. Hardback with dust jacket. 198 pages. SECONDHAND
Description and history of the churches built under the direction of Bishop Selwyn in Auckland. Covers the buildings histories up to 1972. Some wear to covers.
AH and AW Reed, Wellington, 1972. Softback. 88 pages. SECONDHAND
Imperial Gothic. Religious Architecture and High Anglican Culture in the British Empire. The gothic revival movement in architecture was entwined with eighteenth and nineteenth century British cultural politics. Here the global reach of this movement is examined and described. Contains much about Gothic Revival church building in New Zealand, including the much lamented Christ Church cathedral. An outstanding and beautifully illustrated book.
Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2013. Hardback with dust jacket. 384 pages. NEW
A catalogue to accompany an exhibition of Armson's architectural drawings. Includes studies of his work in Christchurch, Dunedin, Melbourne and Hokitika. Armson was notable for designing bank buildings.
Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Christchurch, 1983. Softback. 30 pages + 8 pages of plates. SECONDHAND
The work of Government and Colonial Architects, 1860s to 1960s. Major works by the six Government and Colonial Architects, shown in pencil drawings with accompanying text.
University of Otago Press, Dunedin, 2004. Hardback with no dust jacket. 191 pages. SECONDHAND
A book for home owners and restorers that gives practical advice for practical problems, explaining the design concept behind various old house styles, and describing the elements that make them unique. With this help you can restore wisely and avoid disastrous results.
Government Printer, Wellington, 1985. Softback. 84 pages. SECONDHAND
Traces the lineage of New Zealand houses from the 1800s to 1940 and the local versions or reinterpretations of various fashions and building practices that make up our mix.
Harper Collins NZ Ltd., Auckland, 1996. Softback. 194 pages. SECONDHAND
A practical guide to the conservation and restoration of traditional New Zealand domestic architecture. Well illustrated. Prepared by a Ministry of Works architect. First published in 1980, this is the third edition.
New Zealand Historic Places Trust, Wellington, 1991. Softback. 101 pages. SECONDHAND
An overview of the earthbuilding industry in New Zealand, includes a history of the method and the most common techniques in use at present. Well illustrated with photographs and line drawings.
The Dunmore Press, Palmerston North, 1997. Softback. 176 pages. SECONDHAND
Decoration and Ritual in Aotearoa New Zealand 1834-1863. A study of the early Maori houses of worship, based on the traditional whare design coupled with European building technologies. Well illustrated with contemporary drawings and photographs.
Auckland University Press, Auckland, 2010. Hardback with dust jacket. 225 pages. NEW
The result of a three year journey around the country this superb photographic essay depicts the mana, beauty and history of these unique buildings. THIS large heavy book will require an additional postage charge for overseas destinations.
Godwit Random House, Auckland, 2014. Hardback with dust jacket. 412 pages. NEW
An excellent survey of New Zealand's main building traditions, trends, innovations and controversies reflecting the spirit and aspirations of the country. Photographs by celebrated NZ photographer Robin Morrison.
Hodder and Stoughton Ltd., Auckland, 1991. Hardback with dust jacket. 216 pages. SECONDHAND
Extensively researched, authoritative and very well illustrated study celebrates the diversity and inspires appreciation of New Zealand architecture. Photographs by Robin Morrison. First published 1991. Hodder Moa Beckett Ltd., Auckland, 2003. Softback. 248 pages. SECONDHAND
The story of public and private architecture in New Zealand from early European buildings to the 1980s. Includes religious, civic, domestic, and commercial buildings.
Grantham House, Wellington, 1990. Hardback with dust jacket. 110 pages. SECONDHAND
A personal account of the authors love of the most vernacular of New Zealand building materials together with a selection of their favourite black and white photographs of corrugated iron buildings.
Reed Publishing, Auckland. Softback. 96 pages. SECONDHAND
Notable historic buildings of New Zealand. Detailed information on buildings from Northland to Foveaux Strait. Includes churches, theatres, lighthouses, marae, factories etc. Examples from the near and distant past.
Godwit Publishing Limited, Auckland, 1997. Hardback with dust jacket. 256 pages. SECONDHAND
Well researched text compliments the fine photographs of an oustanding selection of the best historic buildings in the North Island that is particularly rich in 19C commercial buildings.
Cassell Ltd., Auckland, 1979. Hardback with dust jacket. 271 pages. SECONDHAND
Well researched text compliments the fine photographs of an oustanding selection of the best historic buildings in the south island that is particularly rich in 19C commercial buildings. Some of the buildings here have since been destroyed in the Christchurch earthquakes.
Methuen Publications (NZ), Ltd., Auckland, 1983. Hardback with dust jacket. 264 pages. SECONDHAND
An informative account of the colonial rich and their magnificent house. Discuses construction, styles, gardens, functions and the servants needed to run them. Some folding floor plan drawings to rear.
Random Century NZ Ltd., Auckland, 1991. Softback. 126 pages. SECONDHAND
A pictorial survey of over 70 historic country houses, built by the wealthy, which have been destroyed by fire, demolition and decay. An architectural history of New Zealand's lost landmarks.
Alister Taylor, Martinborough, 1978. Hardback with dust-jacket. 103 pages. SECONDHAND
A study of the Worker's Dwellings Act 1905 and the Heretaunga Settlement of workers houses. Includes photographs and floor plans of some surviving examples. The first State Houses.
Wellington Regional Committee of the New Zealand Historic places Trust, Wellington, 1984. Softback. 40 pages. SECONDHAND
Traces the origins and development of these character houses from the late 1880s onwards and describes all of their features, external and internal. Well illustrated.
Penguin Books, Auckland, 1992. Softback. 104 pages. SECONDHAND
A beautiful book about the history and present status of the classic and much loved New Zealand colonial villa. Written about and photographed by people who love them, this is the finest book on the subject yet published.
Godwit Random House, Auckland, 2012. Softback. 334 pages. SECONDHAND
Traces the origin and development of this building style in New Zealand and describes all the key characteristics, both exterior and interior. Well illustrated.
Viking Penguin NZ, Auckland, 1994. Softback. 96 pages. SECONDHAND
A glorious pictorial presentation of current New Zealand architectural design by Andrew Patterson architects. THIS LARGE BOOK will incur an additional postage charge to overseas destinations. Thames and Hudson, London, 2018. Hardback with no dust jacket. 250 pages. NEW
With outstanding photographs Thorton draws attention to the importance of NZ industrial archaeology and provides an engaging history of the remains of industries now long gone.
A.H. and A.W. Reed Ltd., Wellington, 1982. Hardback with dust jacket. 194 pages. SECONDHAND
A comprehensive photographic essay of more than 300 early farm buildings with accompanying text that gives details of each and explains the farming practices to which each relates. A classic work by respected building historian Geoffrey Thornton. SCARCE.
Reed Methuen Books, Auckland, 1986. Hardback with dust jacket. 268 pages. SECONDHAND
The first wide-ranging history of New Zealand's hut network, meticulously researched and lavishly illustrated with historic and contemporary photographs. The huts are a vital repository of backcountry history. This heavy book will incur additional postage costs to overseas destinations.
Craig Potton Publishing, Nelson, 2012. Hardback with dust jacket. 364 pages. NEW
A very interesting account of the innovative and world leading use of concrete in construction during the first ninety years of modern New Zealand. It is comprehensive, scholarly, and very well illustrated throughout. A very fine book.
Reed Publishing, Auckland, 1996. Hardback with dust jacket. 240 pages. SECONDHAND
The community halls of 39 North and South Island areas photographed and described. Gives the history of the buildings and the roles they play in the community.
A collection of appealing water-colour illustrations of 148 subjects that represent the simplicity and variety of New Zealand's country churches together with observations about their histories. Full colour throughout. THIS COPY is signed by the author.
New Holland Publishers, Auckland, 2002. Softback. 126 pages. SECONDHAND
This is concerned with the small country church built in strictly rural surroundings where it stood somewhat isolated, but made a simple statement that religious belief was important to country folk. Here are some of the finest examples.
Reed Publishing NZ Ltd., Wellington, 2003. Hardback with dust jacket. 183 pages. SECONDHAND
Traces the development of stained glass windows in New Zealand, from nineteenth century beginnings to the 1980s, with studies of individual artists such as the now unknown R.H. Fraser of Dunedin.
Oxford University Press, Auckland, 1983. Hardback with dust jacket. 143 pages. SECONDHAND
An investigation of 7 New Zealand bachs (holiday homes) from an architects perspective. Includes old huts in the Southern Alps and newer beach houses. THIS LARGE BOOK will incur an additional postage charge to overseas destinations. Godwit/ Random House New Zealand, Auckland, 2008. Hardback with dust jacket. 254 pages. SECONDHAND
A collection of 13 essays on various aspects of modernist architecture and its buildings in the capital city. Well illustrated. Scarce.
Te Waihora Press, Christchurch, 1996. Softback. 112 pages. SECONDHAND
The history of Wellington's Futuna Chapel, created by architect John Scott and artist Jim Allen. Built in 1961 it was nearly lost to developers before it's rescue by the Futuna Trust. An award winning design and imbued with multiple cultural significances.
Victoria University Press, Wellington, 2016. Hardback with dust jacket. 160 pages. SECONDHAND
Biographical history of architects working in Wellington and how they contributed to the development of the city. From the earliest raupo huts and builder designed cottages to the central city developments of the thirties.
Steele Roberts Aotearoa, Wellington, 2014. Hardback without dust jacket as issued. 408 pages. NEW
Peter Beaven completed this work on his architectural career in the last months of his life. It is a record of his simple, straightforward, yet elegant buildings. Predominantly a Christchurch architect, there are also some notable international commissions discussed. Included are finished and unbuilt projects, civic, commercial and private. THIS BOOK will incur an additional postage charge to overseas destinations.
Peter Beaven Architecture Ltd., Blenheim, 2016. Softback with dust jacket. 276 pages. NEW
A monograph on the work of Lane, comprising a collection of illustrated essays on his architectural achievements.
Magazzino Publishing Services, Auckland, 2003. Softback. 111 pages. SECONDHAND
A study of the commercial and domestic architecture of Forrester and Lemon in Oamaru. Recent and historic photographs and plans.
New Zealand Historic Places Trust, Oamaru, 2002. Softback. 128 pages. SECONDHAND
A survey of the work of the Christchurch architectural practice, well illustrated with photographs and drawings of their buildings in Christchurch and elsewhere.
Warren & Mahoney Architects Limited, Christchurch, 1989. Softback. 116 pages. SECONDHAND
Autobiography of one of New Zealand's best known architects, filled with delightfully told anecdotes of a long and distinguished career. Includes many of Warren's watercolour sketches.
Canterbury University Press, Christchurch, 2008. Hardback, no dust jacket as issued. 182 pages. SECONDHAND
Thirty New Zealand Architects and their houses, with interviews and photographs of their homes. Facing the title page is a hand penned limitation stating '222/250'.
Shoal Bay Press, Christchurch, 1995. Hardback with dust jacket. 184 pages. SECONDHND
The life and work of a Christchurch contracting builder and his firm. Luney was responsible for many notable commercial buildings in Christchurch and had a long relationship with Sir Miles Warren.
Hazard Press, Christchurch, 2000. Softback. 176 pages. SECONDHAND
Centennial history of the firm Collins & Son, member of the Canterbury Branch of the New Zealand Institute of Architects. Originally a Dunedin firm it later moved to Christchurch, and included JJ Collins and WB Armson.
The Caxton Press, CHristchurch, 1965. Hardback with no dust jacket. 29 pages. SECONDHAND
Three books advertising residential houses with basic floor plans and drawings from an early 20th century Minneapolis architect. Bungalows is 1938 issue with monochrome photographs, the other titles are undated and have some colour images as well as supplements. Some instances of former owner name stamp, and Two Story Homes has small ink doodle on rear cover.
J W Lindstrom, Minneapolis, (1938). Softbacks. Various paginations approx 100 pages each. SECONDHAND
Not just confined to buildings and architecture, this cultural history explores all aspectsof the Kiwi 'Home' and decor throughout a century of development. THIS LARGE BOOK will incur an additional postage charge to overseas destinations.
Godwit/ Random House, Auckland, 2005. Softback. 342 pages. SECONDHAND
250 designs for modern American houses. Gives an artists impression plus floor plan od single and double storey homes. THIS COPY has wear and soiling to the cloth covers. THIS BOOK will incur an additional postage charge to overseas destinations. Radford Architectural Company, Chicago, 1908. Hardback with no dust jacket. 262 pages. SECONDHAND
A selection of 280 fine details from Pencil Points an important American architectural journal of the 1930s. A companion DVD is included to make study of the detail practice easier.
W.W. Norton & Company, New York, 2010. Hardback with dust jacket. 262 pages with DVD. NEW.
Urban design in New Zealand from the time of settlement. Includes the challenges facing Christchurch post earthquake; Auckland's expanding population; and the need for sustainability and environmental awareness. Heavy book may incur extra shipping charge outside of New Zealand.
Blue Acres Press, Matakana, 2015. Softback. 516 pages. NEW
100 wonders of New Zealand engineering. Covers road and rail, bridges, dams, public buildings, Maori fortifications and more.
Random House, Auckland, 2009. Softback. 240 pages. SECONDHAND
The history of the first 50 years of the Institution and its members related to the evolution and development of engineering science and practice over the same period. Many photographs. Scarce.
The New Zealand Institution of Engineers, Wellington, 1971. Hardback, no dust jacket. 384 pages. SECONDHAND
Portrays 120 years of the architecture and engineering of bridges in New Zealand, the reasons for the choice of design and the engineers responsible.
IPL Books, Wellington, 1993. Softback. 64 pages. SECONDHAND
An exploration of bridges and bridge engineering feats throughout the country accompanied by 270 of the authors photographs. He also explores the financial, social and political implications of the structures.
Reed Publishing NZ Ltd., Auckland, 2001. Hardback with dust jacket. 311 pages. SECONDHAND
An interesting account of the progress and achievements of the electrical supply industry. Includes maps, statistical charts and many photographs. Very scarce.
Electrical Supply Authorities Association, Wellington, 1962. Hardback with dust jacket. 231 pages. SECONDHAND
Collection of government reports by the Chief Electrical Engineer on hydro-electric development and public works such as dams and power plants. Includes the Arapuni and Waitaki schemes. There are 16 parts, with original covers, housed in two sprung bound folders. The parts are easily removed from the folders. Each part is about 100 or so pages plus plates, maps and charts. Tidy condition but with minor chipping to the covers. Issues from 1920, 1923, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, and 1938. LARGE SET will require extra postage above standard check out rate.
Government Printer, Wellington, 1920-1938. Soft backs housed in two hard cased folders. Various pages. SECONDHAND
The life and hard times of a backblocks power gang. Written from Manu's work-diaries and memories. A good yarn.
Blackwood and Janet Paul Ltd., Auckland, 1967. Hardback with dust jacket. 169 pages. SECONDHAND