109 Bourke Street, Invercargill

  • Louvain. Image included in Field Record Form Collection.
    Copyright: Heritage New Zealand. Taken By: Chris Cochran. Date: 31/10/1983.

List Entry Information

List Entry Status Listed List Entry Type Historic Place Category 2 Public Access Private/No Public Access
List Number 2499 Date Entered 24th November 1983


Extent of List Entry

Extent includes the land described as Lot 3 Blk III Deeds 16 Township of Mitchelltown (CT SL123/182), Southland Land District and the house known as Louvain, thereon.

City/District Council

Invercargill City


Southland Region

Legal description

Lot 3 Blk III Deeds 16 Township of Mitchelltown (CT SL123/182), Southland Land District


Louvain, a brick and roughcast transitional villa probably built around 1920, is a representative example of a modest dwelling showing the changing architectural style of this period. Louvain has architectural significance.

There is little information on this house, but it looks to have been built around 1920 as indicated by both architectural style and land records. Its name – Louvain shown in relief above the faceted bay window on the front façade – recalls the Belgian city of that name that was sacked during World War One. The name’s link to the house and its residence as not been established. For many years it was the home of William and Janet Taylor who retired here from their farm.

The house is a basic villa plan, with a return veranda and two projecting gables, but the casement windows and other architectural elements such as the stick detailing edging the veranda, herald the bungalow style. It is also notable for its fanlights. In 2018, Louvain is a private home.


Additional informationopen/close

Construction Dates

Original Construction
1920 -

Completion Date

27th March 2018

Report Written By

Heather Bauchop

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 Otago/Southland Area Office of Heritage New Zealand