Topic: Davie House (1910/1927)

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Robe Street House


This home originally started life as a villa constructed for, and designed by, New Plymouth architect W. F. Brooking, with plans for a "residence" on Part Town Section 693 (the original villa) granted by the Borough Council in early January 1910 - estimated cost £520. Parts of the original villa can still be seen, and are particularly noticeable on the Robe Street frontage.

Ian Pritchard, in his book about Frank Messenger, notes that additions and alterations were undertaken on this property by the firm Messenger, Griffiths and Taylor. A permit was issued on the 4th of May 1927 for this work, the builder was G.M.Bennett and the estimated cost £900. The client was Dr P. C. Davie.


Davie House in 1923 before additions

Davie House in 1923 prior to additions


The tree on the Robe Street boundary (see linked images taken in 2011) is a Eucalyptus Ficifola or Scarlett Gum -  it was removed in 2012.

One of the linked photos was taken on the 25th of November 2011, the day before the general election. The house had been rented by the Labour Party for the election campaign. All the hoardings were removed later in the day in accordance with the Electoral Act. 

19 Robe Street, Pt Lot 1 DP 4706 (Part of Carrington section number 693)

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