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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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5 Victoria Road.

5 Victoria Road 

This large two-storey villa is located on the corner of Victoria Road and Gilbert Street. The corner section was originally part of town section 1064 and on DP 561 (dated December 1892) it is shown as being in the ownership of the 'Recreaton Grounds Board'.

The house was built in 1901-2 (tenders were called in November 1901) for the surveyor, George Henry Bullard. It was designed by the architect James Sanderson and the original floor plans are held by the present owners.

The well-known New Plymouth architect T.H.Bates bought the house about 1944 and

245 St Aubyn Street 2017.

245 St Aubyn Street 2017

by Hamish Crimp

This villa is thought to have been constructed in the early 1890s, and along with 251 St Aubyn Street, are present in the background of a photograph dated August 1896.

The villa is clad in rusticated weatherboard, and whilst it retains some of its original two-pane double hung sash windows, a front extension has somewhat reduced the buildings aesthetic value. 

As a pair, 245 and 251 St Aubyn Street have high streetscape value (especially if restored), however given their current state of repair and large sections,

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.  

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