Farmers Building

96 Cuba Street And 167-171 Victoria Street, Wellington

  • Farmers Building.
    Copyright: NZ Historic Places Trust. Taken By: Anika Klee. Date: 4/03/2009.

List Entry Information

List Entry Status Listed List Entry Type Historic Place Category 2 Public Access Private/No Public Access
List Number 3632 Date Entered 28th June 1984

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Extent of List Entry

Extent includes the land described as Lot 1 DP 3990, Pt Sec 178 TN of Wellington, Lot 1 AP 2464, Lot 3 DP 19496, Pt Lot 2 DP 11588 (CT WNF3/665); Lot 1 DP 24926 (CT WN20B/677), Wellington Land District and the building known as Farmers Building thereon.

City/District Council

Wellington City

Region

Wellington Region

Legal description

Lot 1 DP 3990, Pt Sec 178 TN of Wellington, Lot 1 AP 2464, Lot 3 DP 19496, Pt Lot 2 DP 11588 (CT WNF3/665); Lot 1 DP 24926 (CT WN20B/677), Wellington Land District

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Charlesworth, Joshua

Charlesworth (1861-1925) was born in Yorkshire and the first record of his practice in Wellington was in the New Zealand Post Office Directory of 1885-87.

He won a competition for the design of the Home for the Aged and Needy in June, 1887, and in the same year won another for the design of the Nelson Town Hall. Charlesworth set up practice in Wellington in his early twenties, designing many institutional buildings and showing command of the revival styles of architecture.

His work includes the Wellington Town Hall (1901), Brancepeth Station Homestead addition, Wairarapa (1905), Te Aro Post Office (1908), St Hilda's Church, Upper Hutt (1909), and seventeen branch banks for the Bank of New Zealand, situated throughout the country (1907-17).

Charlesworth was elected a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Architects in 1905, and became a life member of the Institute. He was its vice-president in 1909-10, and was the first chairman of a society of architects which was formed in 1912. Charlesworth also belonged to the Yorkshire Society in Wellington and was its president for many years.

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Construction Dates

Original Construction
1914 -

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.