Topic: 6 Wakefield Street (1913-14)

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6 Wakefield Street 2017

2017 View: By Hamish Crimp

This home was constructed for Edward William Gardner and his family in 1913-14.

A permit was granted by the Borough Council to Mrs Gardner on 5 September 1913 for the construction of a residence on sections 26 and 27, Wakefield Street – The estimated construction cost was £779 11/-.

The home appears to be complete by February 1913 when Mrs Gardner advertised for a "strong, capable girl to assist in house; three in family. Apply Mrs Gardner, Wakefield Street, near High School". 

In 1913, classic and transitional villas were still the predominant domestic house styles in New Plymouth - This home is thus notable for being a very early example of the bungalow style that was to dominate single-storey domestic New Zealand architecture from the late 1910s until the 1930s. 

Although constructed in a slightly different style to 6 Wakefield Street, another local example of an early bungalow also constructed in 1913 can be found at 40 Fillis Street (Denny-Brown Residence).

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6 Wakefield Street (1913-14)

City:New Plymouth