Orr House

132 Kings Crescent, Lower Hutt

  • Orr House.
    Copyright: NZ Historic Places Trust. Taken By: Helen McCracken. Date: 25/11/2001.

List Entry Information

List Entry Status Listed List Entry Type Historic Place Category 2 Public Access Private/No Public Access
List Number 1326 Date Entered 23rd June 1983


City/District Council

Hutt City


Wellington Region

Legal description

Lot 1 DP 41913


This two-storey Italianate styled villa was designed by Charles Petrie for Robert Orr. Little is known of Petrie. The house was built by Stephen Strand in 1885-1887. Orr established extensive market gardens on his 17-acre [6.9 hectares] property, sometimes employing up to 40 people at one time. Most of the Orr estate was subdivided in the 1960s.

The house was constructed using totara, rimu and matai. It is essentially symmetrical in design with two square bay windows on the principal fa├žade flanking the entranceway. The porch features ornate pillars. The windows on the first floor are arched. In 1972 the house was repiled and resited approximately 25 metres north of its original position.


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Construction Dates

Original Construction
1885 - 1887

1972 -
Repiled and moved 25 metres north

Completion Date

16th August 2001

Report Written By

Helen McCracken

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.