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                                                                 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.

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Highlands Outdoor Education Classroom 2019.

Highlands Outdoor Education Classroom 2019

2019 View: By Hamish Crimp

Now located adjacent to the Highlands Intermediate School pool, the early history of this building is currently unknown, although it was likely constructed during the 1870s-90s period for use as a school room at a small rural Taranaki school. 

The style of the building is typical of late-nineteenth century rural Taranaki school classrooms, and features such as divided windows and very wide floor boards point to an early construction date. It is

54 Belt Road 2017 2.

54 Belt Road 2017 2

2017 View: By Hamish Crimp

This attractive villa/bay cottage was constructed during the early-1900s - possibly for Arthur Owen Murphy about 1904-06.

Arthur Owen Murphy was a New Plymouth butcher, and fought in the SouthAfrican/Boer War during 1901-02.

He married Edith Clara Wray in 1904 and they probably moved into this house soon after. The property on which the house is located was purchased in Clara's name, although it is currently unclear when

41 Whiteley Street 2017.

41 Whiteley Street 2017

2017 View: By Hamish Crimp

This cottage was likely constructed by/for George Blyde as a rental property about 1904-05, and certainly before 1906.

Whiteley Township is located on what was originally Wesleyan/Methodist Mission Land, with the area encompassing much of present-day Moturoa Township known as the 'Mission Farm'. In 1878 plans were drawn for the subdivision of much of the land into smaller leasehold allotments - however this subdivision was, for unknown reasons, delayed until 1902.

Taranaki Paint 2018.

Taranaki Paint 2018

2018 View: By Hamish Crimp

Although now extensively remodelled, this building was originally constructed for Alexander Davidson as a corner store about 1904.

During the early-1890s Alexander Davidson operated a firewood and coal business in central New Plymouth, before selling it to G. H. Foote in January 1895. Davidson then sold his residential property in Molesworth and Buller Streets, travelled to Europe to purchase drapery stock, before returning and opening a drapery store called 'The Little Wonder' in Devon

50 Hobson Street 2018.

50 Hobson Street 2018

2018 View: By Hamish Crimp

Percy Jury purchased the vacant Town Section 1590 from Jane Salter in October 1925, and subsequently constructed both this house and neighbouring 52 Hobson Street. 

Whilst a permit can be found for the construction of neighbouring 52 Hobson Street, no permit has been located for the construction of this house - it is unclear why it is not recorded.

Ownership of the northern half of Town Section 1590

4 Kingwell Street 2017.

4 Kingwell Street 2017

2017 View: By Hamish Crimp

This house is one of several buildings (including neighbouring 2 Kingwell Street), constructed as investment properties for Mrs Annie Gray Wright in the Town of Ahoroa during the early 1900s. 

The house was constructed sometime between 1902 and 1908, and probably closer to 1902-03 - Mrs Wright had two other cottages constructed at nearby 412 and 414 St Aubyn Street at this time.

The St Aubyn Town District Valuation

2 Kingwell Street 2017.

2 Kingwell Street 2017

2017 View: By Hamish Crimp

This house is one of several buildings (including neighbouring 4 Kingwell Street), constructed as investment properties for Mrs Annie Gray Wright in the Town of Ahoroa during the early 1900s. 

The house was constructed sometime between 1902 and 1908, and probably closer to 1902-03 - Mrs Wright had two other cottages constructed at nearby 412 and 414 St Aubyn Street at this time.

The St Aubyn Town District

416 St Aubyn Street 2018.

416 St Aubyn Street 2018

2018 View: By Hamish Crimp

This cottage was constructed during 1902 for William Bond Bickers - it was partially rebuilt following a fire in 1917.

The sale of section 46 of Ahuroa [sic] Estate to Mr Bickers was reported in the Taranaki Herald of 11 March 1902. It seems the present house was constructed soon after, with Bickers first appearing as residing in South Road (now St Aubyn St), in the 1903 edition of Stone's Street Directory.

414 St Aubyn Street 2018.

414 St Aubyn Street 2018

2018 View: By Hamish Crimp

This house is one of several buildings (including neighbouring 412 St Aubyn St), constructed as investment properties for Mrs Annie Gray Wright in the Town of Ahoroa during the early 1900s. 

The house was probably constructed about 1903, as in October of that year Mrs Wright presented to the County Council on behalf of local residents, a petition asking for South Road (now St Aubyn St), to be widened in order to

412 St Aubyn Street 2018.

412 St Aubyn Street 2018

2018 View: By Hamish Crimp

This house is one of several buildings (including neighbouring 414 St Aubyn St), constructed as investment properties for Mrs Annie Gray Wright in the Town of Ahoroa during the early 1900s. 

The house was probably constructed about 1903, as in October of that year Mrs Wright presented to the County Council on behalf of local residents, a petition asking for South Road (now St Aubyn St), to be widened in order to

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