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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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International Volunteer Headquarters (97-99 Devon Street West).

International Volunteer Headquarters (97-99 Devon Street West)

This building was erected in 1966 for Mr & Mrs A. Hartley. The original plans indicate the coffee lounge (Aladdins) was on the ground floor and offices were located on the upper level.

A building permit was issued on 26 September 1966, with an estimated cost of £14,000. The architect was Edgar T.Collins and the contractors were H.F.Snowden Construction.

Later the building became the retail outlet, 'Ski & Sports Centre'. In 2016 the architects, Boon, Goldsmith Bhasker Brebner designed new office premises in the space for the

Carter Residence.

Carter Residence 

This villa, which was located on Victoria Road, was built in 1909 for the New Plymouth businessman, Mr. Christopher Carter. It was designed by Frank Messenger and the contract price was £594.00.

The house was 'modernised' in the 1950s, but later these changes were largely removed and more traditional alterations completed by the architect, Paul Goldsmith.

The house was moved off the site in March 2017 and shifted to a lifestyle block at Burgess Park.

H.H.Simpson Foundry 1950.

H.H.Simpson Foundry 1950 

This building was erected for the firm H.H.Simpson Ltd. A permit  was issued on 24 July 1950 to Mr Hector Henry Simpson for a 'foundry workshop' in King Street - Lot 11 DP1485. The estimated cost was £3,400 and the contractors were Roebuck Construction Ltd.

More recently the workshop has been occupied by Rylock Aluminium.

It was demolished in late February, 2017.  

The 'Grog Shop'.

The 'Grog Shop' 

This building was located on the corner of Powderham and Silver Streets - about where the entrance is to the present New Plymouth Courthouse. When it was demolished in 1961 it was said to be one of the oldest houses in New Plymouth.

The name comes from its reputation gained during the Taranaki Wars, when it was apparently used as a 'grog shop' by the Imperial regiments. It was later occupied by the stonemason, Phillip Moon, grandfather of long-time Taranaki Herald employee, Hercules Moon.

For many years the Department of Justice had owned land in the area and as

C.C.Ward (47 Currie Street).

C.C.Ward (47 Currie Street) 

A permit for this two-storey building was issued on 11 March 1925. Although the architect is not noted in the register it's likely the firm Messenger, Griffiths & Taylor were responsible. They designed the companion building which was built a little later on Devon Street East (see linked topic).

The builders were Julian & Sons and the estimated cost was £2,250.

On 11 July 2017 the building was sealed off by the New Plymouth District Council after inspections revealed "gravity column damage". The laneway next to the building has

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