195 The Terrace, Wellington

  • Carrigafoyle.
    Copyright: NZ Historic Places Trust. Taken By: Anika Klee. Date: 5/03/2009.
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    Copyright: NZ Historic Places Trust. Taken By: Anika Klee. Date: 5/03/2009.
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    Copyright: NZ Historic Places Trust. Taken By: Rebecca O'Brien.

List Entry Information

List Entry Status Listed List Entry Type Historic Place Category 1 Public Access Private/No Public Access
List Number 1345 Date Entered 11th July 1986


City/District Council

Wellington City


Wellington Region

Legal description

Lot 2 DP 52538


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.

Designed by Penty & Blake Carrigafoyle was built in 1903 for Elizabeth O'Connor, daughter of the Hon John Martin, a member of the Legislative Council.

The name derives from Carrigafoyle Castle, ancestral home of the Irish chieftain, O'Connor Kerry, in County Kerry, Ireland, and recalls the ancestry of Elizabeth's husband Robert O'Connor. John Martin founded the township of Martinborough and became one of the largest landowners of the Wairarapa.

The early Edwardian residence built of timber throughout is on the grand scale with four floors and more than 9000 sq ft. The rooms and hallways are spacious and generously proportioned. Unique stained glass windows, carved woodwork, moulded ceilings and brass fixtures decorate the interior. The stained glass ranking with the best three examples of domestic work in New Zealand, was designed and executed by Charles Carter, a former apprentice of Charles Groves of London.

Carrigafoyle once housed New Zealand's largest private native bird collection, now in the Canterbury museum.

Its unique value lies in the fact that it is one of the very few private residences of any consequence left in Wellington. It stands as a splendid Edwardian example of a large family home in Central Wellington.


Construction Professionalsopen/close

Penty & Blake

No biography is currently available for this construction professional

Additional informationopen/close

Construction Dates

Original Construction
1903 -

Other Information

A fully referenced registration report is available from the NZHPT Central Region Office

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.