J.J. MacDonald Building

256-258 Broadway, Marton

  • J.J MacDonald Building.
    Copyright: NZ Historic Places Trust. Taken By: Helen McCracken.

List Entry Information

List Entry Status Listed List Entry Type Historic Place Category 2 Public Access Private/No Public Access
List Number 1247 Date Entered 2nd July 1982


City/District Council

Rangitikei District


Horizons (Manawatu-Wanganui) Region

Legal description

Pt Lot 8A Plans B/305 A/2985


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Physical Description

The two storeyed corner building is designed in the Edwardian Free Classical Style. The chamfered elevation is a common means of acknowledging the location of a building on a corner. The entry to the corner shop is off the corner with Hammond Street while the entry to the upper floor is at the southern end of the building on Broadway.

The exterior of the ground floor shops are tiled with timber frames. Immediately above the verandah are steel framed windows allowing light into the shops. Each street elevation is divided into nearly symmetrical bays by pilasters with ornate capitals supporting a deep cornice above which is a shallow parapet.

It is likely to have been constructed of brickwork and cement rendered.

The building has been designed in the Edwardian Free Classical style where Classical elements are used in a non-academic manner. The building shows characteristics of the style including a lack of exact symmetry for each elevation, truncated parapets and pediments, unconventional classical orders and entablature combined with conventional classical elements.

The style was popular with architects who wished to base their designs upon classical architecture but were unwilling to have their architectural talents fettered by an academic approach to classicism. British architect Edwin Lutyens and American Frank Furness were influential in popularising the style, which they saw as a development towards a modern style.

Notable Features

Elements comprising the street elevation are the most significant including:

cement rendered brickwork

rendered parapet and pediment details, cornice, lettering with "Merchant J J McDonald Tailor and Habit-Maker", window architraves and sill course, pilasters, cornice, sting courses and other original decorative elements

timber double hung sash window

tiled and timber shopfronts

steel windows above the verandah


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

Construction Dates

Original Construction
1908 -

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.