Topic: The Salvation Army Citadel

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The Citadel was opened on 4 June, 1927 and served as the headquarters of the Salvation Army in New Plymouth until 1977.

The N.P.D.C. Heritage Study says its significance "lies in the simplified classical design of the late 1920s and for its prominent street corner position."

According to J.S.Tullett in "The Industrious Heart" the Salvation Army erected a wooden building here in 1923. However during a harvest festival service in 1926 the building caught fire and was destroyed, it was thought to have been deliberately lit.

On 11 March, 1927 a permit was issued to the Salvation Army to erect this building at a cost of £4,200. The builder was Boon Bros Ltd.

The architects were Gray,Young,Morton and Young of Wellington. The total cost of the land and building was £4,886. View linked report, "Salvation Army Citadel Opened" for more details. 

At the time of the Heritage Study in 1995 it was home to the furniture store "La Paz". It is now (2015) the base for the Taranaki Arts Festival Trust (TAFT).

The vertical garden on the front of the building in the picture above was designed by Tracey Perryman for the 2010 Taranaki Rhododendron and Garden Festival.

Title, Lots 1&2 DP 1156, all DP 2462. Part of Carrington town section number 682.  Located on the corner of Brougham and Powderham Streets.


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