Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries 7-A11340
In July 1902 the Remuera Road Board purchased land for an Office and Works Depot and by October 1902 the Remuera Road Board Office had been constructed. It occupied a position at the front of the lot, approximately where the entrance to the Village Green is now, but extending into the adjacent area now occupied by 411-413 Remuera Road.
After amalgamation with Auckland City Council on 1 March 1915, the office was refitted to become the Remuera Branch of the Auckland Public Library - see photo above - which opened on 2 October 1915.
A new Remuera Library was opened on 31 July 1926 at 429 Remuera Road, and is still operating today - see photo below.
Remuera Library at night. Photo by Ian Kohler 2012
The old library building was relocated to Pt Chevalier in 1926 (see photo below) where it operated as a Library until it was demolished to enable Great North Road to be widened and realigned.
Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries 7-A11816
The two brick buildings at 411-413 Remuera Road were constructed in 1929, after the removal of the Library from the site. These buildings were home to Browns Clothing until very recently (see photos below). They were built to match the existing building at 409 Remuera Road and made to appear as one construction. In 2015 the brick buildings at 411-413 Remuera Road were purchased by Megan Jaffe who plans to renovate using heritage architects.
Information supplied by Remuera Heritage Inc.