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Storage Building Devon/Liardet Streets.

Storage Building Devon/Liardet Streets

by Hamish Crimp

The building is located at the rear of 27 Devon Street East and down a laneway from Liardet Street.

The history of this two-storied building is largely unknown. However, based on its reinforced concrete construction, with two-pane double hung sash windows, it was probably constructed sometime between the 1910s and early 1920s.

New Plymouth (and Taranaki generally) was an early adopter of reinforced concrete construction, and this building is possibly one of the earliest surviving within the CBD. Its original function was probably as a garage/storage

15 Lismore Street - front.

15 Lismore Street - front

This former farmhouse is a rare surviving New Plymouth building clad in vertical board and batten constructed in the 1860s following the conclusion of the Taranaki Wars. It's thought that Darius Shuttleworth and his family occupied the home from the 1860s until the 1890s. 

Construction and design 

It's thought the original section of the home is the rear section, which retains its original Kauri vertical board and batten cladding, and original six-pane double hung sash windows typical of the period. The design of the building is of two parallel east-west

13-15 Devon Street East 2017.

13-15 Devon Street East 2017

by Hamish Crimp

The original section of this building is thought to have been constructed in the early 1900s. Originally the building had a wooden facade clad in rusticated weatherboard, with five single-pane double hung sash windows. 

The building fell into a poor state of repair, and around 1989 the facade was entirely rebuilt and the building extended at the rear. The facade was once again altered, and the building completely refurbished in 2013 for new tenants BNZ. 

The only clue that this building is of an earlier date

Drinking Fountain.

Drinking Fountain 

Stratford Drinking Fountain

Drinking fountain in children's playground adjoining the public swimming baths, Page Street, Stratford.

Designed by John Duffill & Graeme Laurenson of Hawera, the fountain was funded by a donation of £300 from Stratford furniture-maker, E D Evans.

The fountain's pedistal was constructed of reinforced concrete and the base - with steps for small children - was surfaced with ceramic tiles.



202 Powderham Street 2017.

202 Powderham Street 2017

by Hamish Crimp

This cottage is an unusual shape and size - a 1½ storey rectangular box clad in rusticated weatherboard - and is probably the only cottage of this style surviving in New Plymouth. The original section is similar to the classic Georgian Box cottage, with several later additions. 

Given rusticated weatherboard was beginning to be widely used around the time the cottage was built, it is likely this cladding is original, and probably makes this cottage one of New Plymouth's earliest surviving buildings to have originally been clad in


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