Jubilee Boarding House 1958St Aubyn ChambersDevonport FlatsThe MillEast End BuildingsThe TalkeriesBrougham Street OfficesA.E.Sykes BuildingNew Plymouth ObservatoryAmoore ResidenceTaranaki Herald Building 1984Walker's BuildingBoon Bros BuildingAlexandra Hall c1895Barrett Street Nurses' Home Currie Street c1960Te Henui VicarageExchange ChambersWhite Hart HotelKiwi DairyKing's BuildingEmpire FrocksMSL Building65 Pendarves Street 2017   


                                                                 New Plymouth Buildings

The architectural make-up of New Plymouth since European settlement stretches from the early cottages of the1840s to the shiny steel-plated exterior of the planned Len Lye Centre. In between has come the transition from timber buildings to concrete, the art deco of the 1930s and the modernism of the 1960s. While a few private residences remain from the early days of European settlement, the Central Business District looks nothing like early paintings and photos. The early wooden buildings have mostly been demolished or destroyed by fire to be replaced by larger reinforced concrete premises. Both commercial and domestic buildings feature in this topic, which can be searched either by the age of the building or its location.

If you would like to contribute to this basket you are welcome to register and add items yourself or contact the staff in the Taranaki Research Centre at Puke Ariki.

Explore New Plymouth Buildings on the map below - buildings in blue are still standing in their original location; those in red have been either demolished or shifted outside New Plymouth District/to an unknown location; those in purple have been relocated within New Plymouth District.


Click on a street below to search by location:

































































































Latest 10 topics

On the 3rd of November 1906, a permit was granted to the wife of prolific New Plymouth builder George W. Hartnell for the construction of a residence on the vacant western portion of Town Section 35, Hine Street - the architect/builder was George W. Hartnell, and the estimated construction cost was £277. 

The house was constructed in the villa style and was nearly identical in appearance to the two villas at present 48 and 50 Hine Street, also constructed by Hartnell just a year later.

The villa at 46 Hine Street was either removed or demolished during 2005

131 Powderham Street.

131 Powderham Street  

This doctor's surgery was located at 131 Powderham Street, on the corner of Powderham and Dawson. Designed by architect Frank Messenger in 1901-2, with additions made in 1912, it has since been demolished and replaced by the offices of Nicholsons Lawyers.

33 Mangorei Road.

33 Mangorei Road

2018 View

This large single storey villa appears to have been constructed in the 1890s, possibly for New Plymouth ironmonger Alfred Hughes Arnold and his family, although land ownership for the later decades of the nineteenth century is somewhat unclear.

Alfred’s wife, Emily, is first listed in electoral rolls as residing on the ‘Hospital Road’ (now Mangorei Road) from 1896, whilst Alfred is simply listed as residing at ‘New Plymouth’ until 1898, when he is listed as residing on the

National Bank of New Zealand (Puke Ariki collection, WD.017151).

National Bank of New Zealand (Puke Ariki collection, WD.017151)

                                      National Bank of New Zealand (Puke Ariki collection, WD.017151)

The National Bank of New Zealand first opened a branch in New Plymouth in April 1873. These first premises were in Devon Street - where the Deare's Building is located - and in 1878 the bank purchased a section on the south-east corner of Brougham and Devon Streets.

Construction of the building

Lion Tavern 1970.

Lion Tavern 1970 

Located on the corner of St Aubyn Street and Egmont Street, this Lion Tavern opened for business on 6 August 1970. It was described as catering for the "discerning drinker" with the private and lounge bars offering "comfort and privacy." The public bar on the ground floor was designed to cater for 90 patrons.

The building was designed by a team of architects from New Zealand Breweries and cost $190,000. It was built by Jones & Sandford Ltd. 

Later Bond & Bond converted the Lion Tavern into a retail outlet.

88A Carrington Street from 2019 sale listing.

88A Carrington Street from 2019 sale listing

2019 View From Sale Listing

The story of the present house at 88A Carrington Street begins at a sale of Education Board leases in May 1902, when Stephen Boothby White and G. H. Maunder purchased the lease for lot 2 of sub 4 of Education Reserve W; they paid a total of £22 10s. Two months later, during July 1902, White and Maunder surrendered their lease for this property and had the section subdivided in two, with new (separate) leases for



Tupare is a Chapman-Taylor designed residence on Mangorei Road. The plans were prepared in 1932 for Russell and Elizabeth Matthews, a substantial private home in the traditional English-style design.

A clause in the specifications allowed for 'alteration' to the design and Chapman-Taylor agreed to work "...under instructions from Russell Matthews Esq. who will himself employ the workmen and supple the materials and will place the work under the controlof the Designer who will act as Architectand as Foreman in charge of the job. Therefore this Specification will take the

Taranaki Land Deeds Index I13 page 388, 231 Smart Road.

213 Smart Road

This attractive villa residence was likely constructed during the mid-1900s for Carl Sorensen.

Carl purchased the property on which the villa is located (Part Section D of Hua & Waiwhakaiho District) in March 1904 and appears to have had the present villa constructed as his family home soon after.

In 1906, Carl discovered on the property large deposits of high-quality Kaolin, a pure white clay for ceramics. These Kaolin deposits attracted considerable media attention and in 1908 the farm was sold to an international consortium who hoped to mine the clay from

99 Gover Street 2017.

99 Gover Street 2017

2017 View: By Hamish Crimp

This house was originally constructed as investment/rental property for William John Shaw in 1903, with the house extensively renovated during 1929.

William Shaw resided in the house at present 5 Rogan Street, and from 1890 owned a large area of land along Gover, Rogan & Gilbert Streets - this property included part Section P (now comprising Lot 2 of DP20617), on which the present house at 99 Gover Street is constructed.

56 Gilbert Street 2019 Open2View.

56 Gilbert Street 2019 Open2View

2019 View: Open2View

This house was one of two adjacent villas constructed as investment/rental properties for William John Shaw during 1900-01.

William Shaw resided in the house at present 5 Rogan Street, and from 1890 owned a large area of land along Gover, Rogan & Gilbert Streets - this property included part Town Sections 1686 & 1687 (now comprising Lot 2 of DP4140), on which the present house at 56 Gilbert Street is constructed. 

Although no building permit exists for the construction of this house as

Search by Age of Building

Pre 1900

1900 to 1920

1921 to 1945

1946 to 1970

Post 1970



Contents by type

Random Image from the Archive

100 Young Street 2017.

Blank Play/Pause Slideshow. Next Image.