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Large original architects drawing of the Christchurch railway station.
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Designed by William Gray Young (21 June 1885 – 21 April 1962) who was a New Zealand architect in the early 20th century, designing buildings such as Knox College in Dunedin, the Wellington Railway Station and Elliott House also in Wellington. He was president of the New Zealand Institute of Architects (1935 - 37).

Plans for the station were being made as far back as 1914, with approval for the project finally forthcoming in 1936. This proposed design for the new station, by W. Gray Young was included in the department's 1938 annual report, but the onset of war delayed any further work on the idea. The actual station, as built on the site of the existing station, followed the original design fairly closely differing primarily where an additional storey was added to the front of the main building. Construction was piecemeal, with the first stage being the completion of the new main platform in 1953, followed by final completion and official opening on 1 November 1960.

This piece is a highly collectible, priceless talking point for railway enthusiasts and architecture lovers, and is a wonderful part of Christchurch's history.
It would be great to see it reside in one of the buildings which currently occupy the site, a public gallery or museum.
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