Topic: Sainsbury Residence, 463 Devon Street East (1920)

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463 Devon Street East 2017

2017 View: By Hamish Crimp

This attractive bungalow residence was constructed for Mrs Sainsbury in 1920. Noted New Plymouth architects Messenger and Griffiths designed the home and called for tenders for its construction in May 1920.

A permit was finally granted by the Borough Council to Mrs Sainsbury on 5 September 1923 for the construction of a house on Part Section 91, Devon Street East – J. C. Rowe was the builder, and the estimated construction cost was £1800.

The delays in construction were likely caused by the severe shortage of materials and labour at the time.

In the early hours of the morning of Wednesday 29 August 2018, a car carrying four passengers crashed into the Beach Street frontage and severely damaged the concrete retaining wall. All four occupants were transferred to intensive care; a 22 year old male subsequently died from injuries sustained in the crash. 

See Taranaki Daily News, 11 May 1920, page 1

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Sainsbury Residence, 463 Devon Street East (1920)

City:New Plymouth