Dominion Building

35 Mercer Street, 76-80 Victoria Street And Bond Street, Wellington

  • Dominion Building, Mercer St, Wellington. 2007 Image courtesy of® and licensed under the Creative Commons 3.0 License .
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  • Dominion Building, Mercer St, Wellington. 2007 Image courtesy of® and licensed under the Creative Commons 3.0 License .
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  • Dominion Building, Mercer St, Wellington. Taken c.1920's-30's. The building housed the Dominion daily newspaper. Ref: 1/1-015565-G.
    Copyright: Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington. Taken By: Gordon H Burt.

List Entry Information

List Entry Status Listed List Entry Type Historic Place Category 2 Public Access Private/No Public Access
List Number 1358 Date Entered 10th September 1981


City/District Council

Wellington City


Wellington Region

Legal description

Lot 1 DP 82668 (CT WN49C/625), Wellington Land District

Location description

This building has frontages on Mercer Street, Victoria Street, and Bond Street, Wellington.


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Crichton, McKay & Haughton

(William Crichton (1862-1928), James Hector McKay (d. 1944), Vivian Haughton (1891-1956))

William Crichton was born in England in 1862. He trained as an architect before immigrating to New Zealand in 1879. Upon his arrival he joined the Colonial Architects Office. In 1891 he established his own architectural firm and later, in 1901, joined with James Hector McKay to form the firm Crichton and McKay. (McKay had previously been in partnership with Robert Roy MacGregor from 1898-1901.) With the addition of Vivian Haughton in the 1920s the firm became Crichton, McKay & Haughton. In 1935 Haughton went into partnership with William McKeon (1896-1973). In 1952 Haughton established Haughton and Sons, which was later joined by Lindsay Mair, the son of the former government architect John Mair. Following Haughton's death in 1956, the firm became Haughton and Mair. Eventually, by the 1980s, it became Bulleyment Fortune architects.

Crichton, McKay and Haughton were a prominent architectural firm in the 1920s and were responsible for a number of Wellington's commercial buildings such as the Huddart Parker Building (1923), the Dominion Building (1926-1927), as well as a number of domestic residences.

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Construction Dates

Original Construction
1928 -

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.