Glasgow Building (Former)

281 Trafalgar Street, Nelson

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List Entry Information

List Entry Status Listed List Entry Type Historic Place Category 1 Public Access Private/No Public Access
List Number 258 Date Entered 28th June 1990

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Extent of List Entry

Extent of registration is the land described as Pt Sec 444 City of Nelson (CT NL7/43), Nelson Land District and the building known as Glasgow Building (Former) thereon, and its fittings and fixtures.

City/District Council

Nelson City

Region

Nelson Region

Legal description

Pt Sec 444 City of Nelson (CT NL7/43), Nelson Land District

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Somerville, Antequil F. T.

Antequil F. T. Somerville was an architect and, between 1887 and 1890, was based in Trafalgar Street North, Nelson. As well as winning the design for the Queens Gardens, Somerville entered and won a City Council competition to design a drainage scheme for Nelson. (Queens Gardens Registration Report, 30 March 2007)

Somerville was an architect who was active in Nelson from the 1870s to 1890 when he left New Zealand for Australia. Somerville designed a range of commercial, ecclesiastical, public, scholastic, and residential buildings in Nelson during this period. In his role as architect for Nelson Girl's College he designed the buildings there and he was also responsible for other school buildings because he was the Town School Committee's architect. Some of his most high profile buildings and projects in Nelson remain, including the Queens Gardens, New Zealand Insurance Building, and the Garin Memorial Chapel. Somerville also entered and won a City Council competition to design a drainage scheme for Nelson. (Colonist, 10 June 1890, p.3; Queens Garden, Nelson, Category II historic place (Record number 7689); New Zealand Insurance Building, Nelson, Category II historic place (Record number 3022)

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Physical Description

Commercial Victorian Classical

Built for N.Z Insurance Company, sold to solicitors, John Glasgow & John Patrick Hayes in 1916.

Notable Features

Timber detailing, segmented head sash windows with keystones, plain cornice and parapet, decorative brackets, triangular pediments above doorways.

Construction Dates

Original Construction
1889 -

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.