Advocate Building

26-28 High Street, Marton

  • Advocate Building.
    Copyright: Heritage New Zealand . Taken By: Helen McCracken.
  • Advocate Building. June 2013.
    Copyright: Heritage New Zealand . Taken By: Alison Dangerfield.
  • Advocate Building.
    Copyright: Heritage New Zealand . Taken By: A Dangerfield. Date: 22/09/2013.

List Entry Information

List Entry Status Listed List Entry Type Historic Place Category 2 Public Access Private/No Public Access
List Number 1241 Date Entered 2nd July 1982


City/District Council

Rangitikei District


Horizons (Manawatu-Wanganui) Region

Legal description

Pt Sec 21 DP 14 (CT WN29/198), Wellington Land District


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Physical Description

The front building is a simple brick structure with a central entry, pairs of tall, double hung sash windows either side and a large semi-circular parapet extending over the street elevation. The building has subtle decoration with shallow stepped and arched brickwork, pilasters with stepped brickwork similar to capitals and a sill with plain mutule-type brackets either side, a characteristic of the Baroque style. The arched openings have darker coloured brickwork.

This section is a plain example of the Edwardian/ early inter-war Free Classical style demonstrating the characteristics of the style including symmetry and simplified Classical elements used in a non-academic manner.

The older, rear section is wider and has been constructed with darker coloured bricks and has the remains of a rendered Classical cornice.

The interior has a central entry hall, off which are rooms either side and larger spaces to the rear. The interior has little authenticity however some pressed metal ceilings still survive.

Notable Features

Elements comprising the street and side elevations are the most significant including:

brickwork to elevations and entry

rendered window and door heads

timber double hung sash window

metal downpipes

rendered entry steps

"Advocate" sign over the entry

metal vents to the base

Although not visible the rear elevation and roof are also of significance.

Construction Dates

Original Construction
1899 -

Other Information

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.