Bluestone Store

9-11 Durham Lane, Auckland

  • Bluestone Store.
    Copyright: NZ Historic Places Trust. Taken By: Martin Jones. Date: 20/11/2001.

List Entry Information

List Entry Status Listed List Entry Type Historic Place Category 1 Public Access Private/No Public Access
List Number 2647 Date Entered 2nd July 1987


City/District Council

Auckland Council (Auckland City Council)


Auckland Council

Legal description

Allot 5 DPS 437, 438


This simple stone building was built for small-scale commercial use in about 1861, when such activity was characteristic of the back lanes of colonial Auckland. Built of locally available materials, the rectangular two-storey structure was terraced into a rising slope in a narrow urban backstreet, with an arched entrance to the ground floor and goods access above. It is located to the rear of Queen Street, and has always been surrounded by commercial activity, although the nature of that commerce has changed.

The building has had a varied history, and was initially occupied by agricultural merchants and auctioneers. This was when it was close to a number of yards for the sale of livestock and other goods, which were brought in from the surrounding countryside. It was later used as a storehouse by a succession of manufacturing industries from the 1870s, when they were established in the centre of the city. These included a confectionery business, flour mill and the 'Kiwi Polish Company', while occupants since the 1960s have reflected a change to office work, retail and entertainment.

Now known as the Bluestone Store, the building is considered to be the oldest stone building left in the commercial heart of Auckland, and one of very few mid nineteenth-century warehouses to survive anywhere in the city. Built only twenty years after the foundation of the town, it is unique in its ability to demonstrate the town's initial role as an agricultural market, and is important for reflecting the rise of manufacturing industries in the urban centre from the later colonial period onwards. It has links with a variety of unusual colonial businesses, from boiled sweet production to the distribution of early chemical fertiliser and is a valuable reminder of the scale and technology that commercial structures were built to at this time. The building is an important reminder of the use of urban backstreets, and adds greatly to the character of Durham Lane, along with associated buildings fronting Wyndham Street.


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Notable Features

Registration covers the building, its fixtures and finishes. It also includes the lean-tos attached to its western end. The building lies on the site of an earlier timber house, while archaeological features linked to its use as a warehouse and factory may survive to the west

Construction Dates

Original Construction
1861 -
Construction of Bluestone Store

1900 -
Alterations including insertion of south door

1949 - 1951
External and internal modifications

1963 - 1972
Internal modifications

2001 -
Removal of ground level timber floor

Public NZAA Number


Completion Date

15th August 2001

Report Written By

Martin Jones

Information Sources

Department of Conservation

Department of Conservation

Robert Brassey, 'The History and Archaeology of the Brown's Mill Site, 15-17 Durham Lane, Auckland', Department of Conservation Science and Research Internal Report No. 77, Wellington, 1990 (held by NZHPT, Aukland)

New Zealand Historic Places Trust (NZHPT)

New Zealand Historic Places Trust

'Bluestone Store, Durham Lane, Auckland', NZHPT Buildings Classification Committee Report, Wellington, 1987

Conservation Plan

Conservation Plan

Salmond Architects, 'The Bluestone Store, Durham Lane, Auckland: A Conservation Plan', Auckland, undated (held by NZHPT, Auckland)

Other Information

Note: The Heritage Order has the address as 01 Durham Lane, not 9-11 Durham Lane. A review of the Legal description shows that the property now resides on Lot 2 DP201019 CT 129D/161 (as at March 2004) and now corresponds to 9-11 Durham Lane, Auckland.

NZHPT Heritage Order (1987)

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.