5 Allan Street, Nelson

  • House, Nelson.
    Copyright: John Warren. Taken By: John Warren. Date: 16/07/2010.

List Entry Information

List Entry Status Listed List Entry Type Historic Place Category 2 Public Access Private/No Public Access
List Number 1558 Date Entered 25th November 1982


Extent of List Entry

Extent includes the land described as Pt Sec 1079A City of Nelson (CT NL64/90), Nelson Land District and the building known as House thereon.

City/District Council

Nelson City


Nelson Region

Legal description

Pt Sec 1079A City of Nelson (CT NL64/90), Nelson Land District


Located in the hills overlooking Nelson College, this circa 1930 two storey bungalow has some local historic interest because of the land’s association with notable people and the house’s brief association with Alaric Betts of the longstanding local printing company AG Betts and Son.

The property was part of Nelson’s original town survey in 1842 and subsequently some well-known occupants were associated with St Katherine’s, as the property was known, including Justice Christopher William Richmond and important surveyor John Samuel Browning. In the late nineteenth century the house’s site was part of land associated with Robert and Elizabeth Allan’s residence, who are the namesakes for the street. A subdivision was created and teachers Wilhelmina and Robert Wilson purchased the house’s section in 1929. It appears it was one of the first houses built in the subdivision. After Robert’s death in 1934 the property was acquired by Dora and Alaric Betts – Wilhelmina’s daughter and son-in-law. Alaric worked for their longstanding family printing business, established by his father circa 1892, and he became a director of AG Betts and Son in 1942. From the 1950s the house was owned by an electrician, builder and then various professional people.

This weatherboard-clad house was a characteristic two storey example from its era when it was added to the New Zealand Heritage List/Rārangi Kōrero (the List) in the early 1980s, featuring bungalow aspects such as a front bow window with leadlighting, extended pointed bargeboards and rows of decorative joists under the eaves. By the time of a destructive fire in 1999 the building had undergone considerable modification, including the replacement of the bow window with French doors. The fire resulted in the replacement of much of the upper level interior linings as well as areas on the exterior and changes to the interior layout.

There are other examples of Nelson bungalow houses also entered on the List as Category 2 historic places, including List numbers 1568 and 1578. Like 5 Allan Street, these places appear to have been entered on the List because of their architectural importance as characteristic buildings of this type. However, in comparison, these other examples seem to have retained more of the features contributing to this significance.


Additional informationopen/close

Construction Dates

Original Construction
1930 -

Balcony added to front façade.

Bow window replaced with French doors.

1999 -
Damaged by fire.

1999 -
Fire damage repaired, balcony expanded, master bedroom en suite created, main bathroom reduced in size for kitchen expansion, new kitchen bay window added and doors inserted into kitchen/dining wall to create open plan space.

Completion Date

7th November 2016

Report Written By

Karen Astwood

Information Sources

Salmond, 2005

Salmond, Jeremy, Old New Zealand Houses, 1800–1940, Reed, Auckland, 2005.

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.

A fully referenced upgrade report is available on request from the Central Region Office of Heritage New Zealand.