Topic: Cook's Villa, 2 Ridge Lane (1904)

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This large villa was designed by prominent New Plymouth architect Frank Messenger for the Cook family in 1904.

62 Gilbert Street 2017

2017 View: By Hamish Crimp

Located on part Town Section 1689, this large villa has an exterior that is still largely intact, being clad in plain weatherboard with sash windows - the divided upper sash is a distinctive feature of many Messenger designed homes.

A permit for the villa was granted by the Borough Council in October 1904 - Frank Messenger was listed as the architect. In September of 1904 Messenger advertised for tenders for "building a residence in Gilbert Street for Mr J. Cook". 

The villa appears to be in the ownership of J Paton in 1910, with a permit granted to J. Paton on 15 February 1910 for 'additions' to a house on Town Sections 1689/90, Gilbert Street - Frank Messenger was again the architect, and the estimated cost was £50.

The property is currently for sale (November 2017).

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