James J. Lomas R & E Tingey and Co.. Masters Burgess House Waddell 1 Y.W.C.A.. Public Trust Stratford Opera House 2 Mayfair Theatre NPBHS 1 Butter Store
BNSW Public Trust Dining Block & Maid's Quarters State Fire Insurance Empire Victoria 2 Hooker's Taranaki Daily News Building Taranaki Club Plunket Rooms Hine Scotlands

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 Thomas H. Bates: Architect

Thomas Bates’ Work in Context

The three individuals who have most affected the present cityscape of New Plymouth are the surveyor, Frederic Alonso Carrington and architects, Frank Messenger and Thomas Bates.

Carrington was responsible for the city’s location and the present street pattern of the central area.

Bates’ buildings, also substantially located within this area, remain, even today, major high-profile structures in the city.

His near-contemporary colleague, Frank Messenger (1865-1945) also in his time had a major effect on New Plymouth’s skyline. Messenger’s mainly wooden commercial buildings have , however, long-since been demolished and his impact is now seen mostly in the dozens of wooden bungalows in the suburbs established in the early 20th century. Although over 300 surviving Messenger-designed buildings were identified by local architect Ian Prichard in 1994, many are of this domestic type and not as overtly visible as Bates’ commercial structures.

During his life Thomas Bates did not design many domestic residences and most of those he did are usually large two-storied California bungalow-type. Many appear to have been completed for friends or business acquaintances.

Bates’ commercial buildings were, from the beginning, largely brick or reinforced concrete and thus a large percentage have survived although many may be threatened in the future as maintenance costs become increasingly high and building standards become stricter. 

 

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Macduffs Building.
  This building facing King Street sits on the same title as the one behind it on Devon Street West.
H. Derby & Co Ford Dealers.
  This building was erected in 1919 for the local Ford agents, H.Derby & Co. Ltd. It combined showrooms, offices, spare parts,
Kurta's Restaurant.
  The building circled above was built in 1940 for Eric Marinovich and Jacob Kurta. The two-storey concrete building, designed
Dining Room - Criterion Hotel.
  Criterion Hotel Dining Room before the Royal Visit - 1954 One of Bates' last contracts (in 1952-53) was to upgrade
Dining Block & Maid's Quarters.
   Dining Block & Maid's Quarters New Plymouth Boys' High School 1938    Plans held by Puke Ariki - M7/19
Everybody's Theatre Auditorium.
  Everybody's Theatre Auditorium (later renamed the Mayfair Theatre) 1916   Thomas Bates' first job in New Plymouth was the
66-68 Devon Street West.
  This two-storey masonry bulding is located on the north side of Devon Street West, in the block between Egmont
T. H. Bates.
Pendarves Street, New Plymouth
J C Nicholson - 120 Pendarves St.
Pendarves Street, New Plymouth
Mangorei Road, New Plymouth
McEwan Demolishion.
King Street, New Plymouth
R & E Tingey and Co..
Currie Street, New Plymouth
James J. Lomas.
Brougham Street, New Plymouth
BNZ Opunake.
Tasman Street, Opunake, 1927

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