Plischke & Firth

Ernst Plischke and Cedric Firth had both practiced in the government Housing Construction Department in the 1940s. They began working together on private commissions after 1944. In 1948, with the securing of a large commission for the head offices of the Boards of New Zealand Dairy and New Zealand Meat Producers (Massey House), the practice Plischke & Firth was formally established. Massey House opened in 1957 on Wellington's Lambton Quay. It is recognised "as a landmark building in the history of modernism in New Zealand."

Renowned for its sophisticated Modern styling and relatively luxurious material finishes, the project included a commissioned mural by E. Mervyn Taylor.

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Incised tōtara panel, boardroom, New Zealand Meat Producers Board, Massey House, Wellington, 1958. The image of the missing carved panel has been digitally inserted into this photograph, which was taken in 1958 when the room was close to completion. Courtesy Plischke-Nachlaas/Plischke Estate. Digitally inserted image of carved panel: Evening Post collection, Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, EP/1958/1271-F