Topic: 265F Tukapa Street (circa 1899-1903)

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265F Tukapa Street 2017

2017 View: By Hamish Crimp

This attractive villa was probably constructed for M. Thomas sometime between 1899 and 1903.

It was reported in the Taranaki Herald of 13 February 1897, that "Mr R. Gleggs 26 acre farm at Westown" had been sold to "Mr M. Thomas for £575".  A cottage was on the property at the time of sale, although it is unlikely this was the present building. Later in 1897 Thomas advertised for tenders for grubbing gorse at his Westown property.

Thomas advertised the property for sale, in either one or two lots, in 1904 - although it doesn't appear to have sold until mid 1905, when a free bus was put on to a sale of Thomas' furniture at Westown. The sale advertisements indicate that Thomas was moving to Napier. 

Based on the style of the villa, especially the window hoods on the eastern side, it is suggested that James Sanderson may have been the architect.

The villa isn't marked on SO1047, surveyed in 1899, but is clearly marked on DP2095, surveyed in late 1903. 

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265F Tukapa Street (circa 1899-1903)

City:New Plymouth