Topic: Gardner Residence, 20 McLean Street (1934-35)

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Whilst the exterior of this large two-storied 1930s home surrounded by exotic palm trees may be somewhat reminiscent of a Remuera mansion, inside it has a very New Plymouth story to tell.

20 McLean Street 2017

2017 View: By Hamish Crimp

This substantial home clad in plain weatherboard was constructed in 1934-35 for Joe Gardner, the then director of prominent New Plymouth company Boon Bros (see Boon Bros building on Gover Street).

A permit was granted by the Borough Council to H. Gardner on 3 November 1934 for the construction of a residence on Section 67 McLean Street - Harold Rowe was the builder, and the estimated construction cost was £1000.

What makes this home unique is what's inside - a number of pieces salvaged from Newton King's home at Brooklands following its demolition in the 1930s. The most important piece of Brooklands to find a new life in this home is the grand staircase - complete with carvings of "oak leaves and acorns". 

According to an article by Rhonda Bartle in 2007 (see linked), Boon Bros purchased most of the timber when Brooklands was demolished.

This home is notable for its connection to two prominent New Plymouth firms - Newton King Ltd and Boon Bros. It is also possibly the last tangible link to Newton King's once grand residence at Brooklands.

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Gardner Residence, 20 McLean Street (1934-35)

City:New Plymouth