William Gummer

Gummer was a pioneer of commercial architecture in the early twentieth century. The Dilworth Building Auckland (1925), and The Auckland railway station (1926), based on ‘monumental’ American railway stations, represents a new departure in civic architecture in New Zealand, for which Gummer and associate Ford, received an NZIA gold medal in 1931. Gummer’s stoic, monumental, and pared-back aesthetic is evidenced in his work on WWII monuments such as the Bridge of Remembrance, Christchurch (1921), the war memorial at Auckland Grammar School (1921), and the Dunedin cenotaph (1921). He also designed the Massey Memorial in Wellington (1928) and the National War Memorial buildings (museum, art gallery, and carillon) in Wellington, which were built 1932-1964. For more info see: http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/4g24/gummer-william-henry