Deconstruction of Hilgendorf building at Lincoln University

 

The Hilgendorf building had a strong presence on the Lincoln University campus, comprising  about 30 % of Lincoln’s academic floor space.  Built in the brutalist style and opened in 1968, it was named after Frederick William Hilgendorf, who pioneered plant breeding in New Zealand, concentrating on wheat.  He joined the staff in 1899, and retired in 1936. 

The building sustained earthquake damage in the September 2010 earthquake. (The earthquake in February 2011 that devastated Christchurch did not affect buildings in the Lincoln area in the same way.) The decision was made to demolish the building.  It was stripped by the end of August 2015; then the deconstruction began.

 

19th July

19 July 2015

 

7th August

7  August 2015

 

22nd August

22 August

 

22 August 2015

22 August 2015

 

22nd August

22  August 2015 (computer annex on eastern side of Hilgendorf)

 

26th September

26 September

 

26 September 2015

26 September 2015 (eastern side, computer annex now demolished)

 

26th September

26 September 2015

 

26th September

26  September 2015

 

26th September

26  September 2015

 

3rd October, source http://snowgrass.co.nz/cust/lincoln/

3 October, Hilgendorf with Burns building and Port Hills behind (source http://snowgrass.co.nz/cust/lincoln/)

 

3rd October

3  October 2015 (Burns building now appearing behind)

 

3rd October

3  October 2015

 

3rd October

3  October 2015 (eastern side of Hilgendorf)

 

3rd Oc

3  October 2015

 

3 October 2015

3 October 2015

 

3rd October

3  October 2015

 

3rd October

3  October 2015

 

Blossom time elsewhere on campus

3 October 2015, blossom time elsewhere on campus

 

 

Source Lincoln University Facebook page

Source : http://www.lincoln.ac.nz/Lincoln-Home/News-and-Events/Hilgendorf-legacy-marked/

 

 

18 October

18 October 2015  (Burns building behind)

18 October

18 October 2015

 

18 October

18 October 2015

 

18 October

18 October 2015 (Forbes building behind)

 

18 October

18 October 2015

 

18 October

18 October 2015

 

 

Clean site 21 December 2015

Clean site 21 December 2015

 

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Click here for a video link, showing deconstruction taking place on 3 October 2015.

Click here for a video called “Lincoln University Campus: Hilgendorf Immortalised”, published on 7 July 2015, showing drone footage of the building while its exterior was still intact.

 

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