Topic: Pukekura Park Gates - 1938

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Liardet Street Entrance, Pukekura Park, New Plymouth

Sanders' Gates, Pukekura Park

Sanders' Gates - Pukekura Park

The gates at the Liardet Street entrance to Pukekura Park were funded by a bequest from Charles Score Sanders (1851-1933) They were completed in 1938.

Sanders established Ngaere Gardens between Stratford and Eltham in the 1880s. He moved to New Plymouth in 1912 where his garden, Dartmoor, in Westown became a horticultural showplace. Dartmoor Avenue in Westown commemorates the estate.(See Topic below)

The gates were designed in impressive neo-classical art deco style by Victor Griffiths and Raymond Syme of the architectural firm of Griffiths and Syme, New Plymouth.(See plans in Web Links below) The pylons and wall were originally plannned to be faced in Mt Somers stone but it proved too expensive and a tinted cement plaster was used "marked out and pointed to resemble stone." The Sanders' Gates replaced the older wrought iron ones presented by Robert Hughes (Robert Clinton Hughes father) in 1890. Part of these earlier gates is now at the Victoria Street entrance to the park.

Sanders' Park in Westown is also named for Charles Sanders.

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Pukekura Park Gates - 1938


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