Commercial/Retail Building

161-163 Cuba Street And 1-5 Swan Lane, Wellington

  • Commercial/Retail Building.
    Copyright: NZ Historic Places Trust. Taken By: Anika Klee. Date: 14/05/2009.

List Entry Information

List Entry Status Listed List Entry Type Historic Place Category 2 Public Access Private/No Public Access
List Number 3628 Date Entered 22nd August 1991

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Extent of List Entry

Extent of registration is the land described as Pt Sec 154 Town of Wellington, Pt Lot 1 DP 7095 (CT WN374/170), Pt Sec 154 Town of Wellington as depicted on A2909, Pt Lot 1 DP 7095 (CT WN374/169), Wellington Land District and the building known as Commercial/Retail Building thereon.

City/District Council

Wellington City

Region

Wellington Region

Legal description

Pt Sec 154 Town of Wellington, Pt Lot 1 DP 7095 (CT WN374/170), Pt Sec 154 Town of Wellington as depicted on A2909, Pt Lot 1 DP 7095 (CT WN374/169), Wellington Land District

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This historic place was registered under the Historic Places Act 1980. The following text is from the original Proposal for Classification report considered by the NZHPT Board at the time of registration.

Built 1912

Of essentially streetscape value, exhibiting elements of stripped classicism.

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King & Dawson

This longstanding Wellington architectural firm was established in 1906 by J. M. Dawson. The firm operated under Dawson’s name until 1929 when it became known as Dawson and King. After another name variation, King Cook and Dawson, the firm became King and Dawson in 1957. In 2012 King and Dawson Limited Architects and Engineers were still in business in Wellington.

Source: List Entry report for Freyberg Pool, 25 Nov 2014

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Physical Description

Architect: J.M. Dawson

Builder: Trevor Bros

Built for brewer and property owner T.G. McCarthy

Notable Features

Minimal Classical allusions - fluted pilasters, projecting cornice, three pierced parapet, windows grouped by large segmental arches (maximum lighting)

Construction Dates

Original Construction
1912 -
Stripped classical

Completion Date

22nd August 1991

Report Written By

Mary O'Keeffe

Other Information

A copy of the original report is available from the NZHPT Central region office

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.