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406 Devon Street East 2017.

406 Devon Street East 2017

by Hamish Crimp

Part Town Section 2044

Subject to Land Transfer Act in 1893, J. B. Connett listed as owner - see DP 517

J. E. Nixon's Residence 2017.

J. E. Nixon's Residence 2017

by Hamish Crimp

Situated in a prominent position on the corner of Hobson and Courtenay Streets, this large home was designed by New Plymouth architecture firm Messenger and Griffiths, for J. E. Nixon in 1922. The contractor for the building was Boon Bros.

J. E Nixon was an engineer who established his own firm in New Plymouth, and was also a talented artist. In 1925 Nixon donated the present East End Reserve entrance gates (see linked topic). 

363 Devon Street East 2017.

363 Devon Street East 2017

by Hamish Crimp

This ornate Frank Messenger designed villa is located on Town Section 2016, and has thus far withstood the tide of commercial development sweeping along Devon Street.

The home was commisioned for Mr Felix Templeman Bellringer, son of well known local politician James Bellringer. Felix was for many decades Town Clerk, and also a partner in local firm Bellringer Bros (with C. E. Bellringer and F. C. Bellringer). It is unclear how long Felix and his family resided at this villa, as they later shifted to Victoria

Clad in plain weatherboard, the front of this large single storey villa faces north, with the rear facing Gilbert Street.

This villa is part of a cluster of surviving Messenger designed homes: 65-71 Gilbert St, 62 Gilbert Street, 4 Ridge Lane, 7 Ridge Lane, and 32 Cameron Street.

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