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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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This grand two-storied villa was constructed for New Plymouth businessman Hal Goodacre and his family in 1899. Hal was the owner of sucessful New Plymouth firm "The Egmont Shoe and Boot Factory'.

Notable New Plymouth architect Frank Messenger called for tenders for the construction of a residence for Mr Hal Goodacre in April 1899. 

As a pre-1900 building, and alterations to the house, or earthworks on the site, may require archaeological authority from Heritage NZ.

This attractive transitional style villa was likely constructed around 1909 for New Plymouth architect Horace Victor Griffiths and his family.

Griffiths first appears as living in Vogeltown in the 1910 Edition of Stone's Street Directory, and later editions confirm that he lived in this location.

In 1909, architects Sanderson and Griffiths called for tenders for the constrction of residence in Vogeltown - whilst  the client is not mentioned, it seems likely that the advertisement refers to this home. 

The Griffiths family lived here

89 Hine Street 2017.

89 Hine Street 2017

2017 View: By Hamish Crimp

A permit was granted by the Borough Council to John Brown Darney on 6 February 1912 for the construction of a residence on Lot 1 of Town Section 46, Hine Street – The estimated construction cost was £490. 

This cottage was probably constructed for Mrs Annie Margaret Christensen in 1901. 

Jens Christensen, Annies husband, purchased this half of Town Section 62 in October 1881; at this time it appears a small cottage was on the section, and this can be seen on Skinner's 1881 Map of New Plymouth. 

In December 1899, Jens passed away, with Annie continuing to live in the old cottage. In June 1901, Annie took out a mortgage on the property, and it seems likely that this relates to the construction of the

41 Devon Street East 2018.

41 Devon Street East 2018

2018 View: By Hamish Crimp

A permit was granted by the New Plymouth Borough Council to grocer Frank Ernest Gadd on 10 March 1920 for 'additions to store' on Devon Street - Julian and Son were the builders, and the estimated construction cost was £1300.

Prominent New Plymouth architects Messenger and Griffiths designed the building, and called for tenders for "additions in concrete to premises in Devon Street, for Mr F. E. Gadd, Grocer"

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