Today we went to the New Plymouth Prison. It closed March 15 2013 and is no longer used. This category 1 historic building is land-banked for Treaty of Waitangi settlements and is in the care of Land Information New Zealand.
New Plymouth Prison, dating from the 1870s, was the country's oldest
operational prison before it was closed. It has special heritage significance as an artefact
of the development of New Zealand's penal system.
evolved from an 1850s building, a wooden military hospital built on the
former Maori stronghold of Pukaka Pa, now also known as Marsland Hill,
in central New Plymouth. Constructed in the late 1850s to serve the
adjacent military barracks, the hospital building provided care to
Imperial troops injured in the conflicts of the Taranaki Wars of the
1860s. After the last regiments had been withdrawn it was decided to
reuse the building to meet a pressing need within the community, as the
new district jail.
Here is my sketch:
Today I decided to try and sketch in gray-scale using graphite pencils.
You can just see the top of Mount Taranaki in the background.