2 Ayr Street And 482 Parnell Road, Parnell, Auckland
List Entry Information
List Entry Status
List Entry Type
Historic Place Category 1
Able to Visit
29th November 1985
Extent of List Entry
Extent includes the land described as Lot 1, Pt Lot 2 Deed 582 (CT NA773/198), North Auckland Land District, and the building and structures known as Kinder House thereon.
Auckland Council (Auckland City Council)
Lot 1, Pt Lot 2 Deed 582 (CT NA773/198), North Auckland Land District
This historic place was registered under the Historic Places Act 1980. The following text is the original citation considered by the NZHPT Board at the time of registration.
Kinder House, 2 Ayr Street, Parnell, Auckland
This is one of Auckland's oldest and best known houses.
Built in 1857 to the design of Fredrick Thatcher this house on its prominent corner site has been much esteemed since it was built.
The house was commissioned by Bishop Selwyn as the residence for the headmaster of the Church of England Grammar School. It is a two storey building of basalt stone featuring diamond paned doors and sash windows. The first and best known occupant was the Reverend John Kinder, well known for his water colours and photography. He was also known as a keen gardener and this is reflected in the grounds seen today.
Recently restored by the Auckland City Council and opened to the public, Kinder House is very fine example of an early stone colonial dwelling.
Tole & Massey
An Architectural Partnership which spanned the years 1928 to 1935. George Edmund Tole (1898-1972) and Horace Lovell Massey (1895-1978).
Please note that entry on the New Zealand Heritage List/Rarangi Korero identifies only the heritage values of the property concerned, and should not be construed as advice on the state of the property, or as a comment of its soundness or safety, including in regard to earthquake risk, safety in the event of fire, or insanitary conditions.