34 Wesley Road, Wellington
List Entry Information
List Entry Status
List Entry Type
Historic Place Category 1
Private/No Public Access
2nd July 1987
Extent of List Entry
Extent includes the land described as Lot 3 DP 12347 (CT WN490/25), Wellington Land District and the building known as Powles House and its fittings and fixtures.
Lot 3 DP 12347 (CT WN490/25), Wellington Land District
Historical Significance or Value
Built for Charles Plummer Powles grandfather of the present owner. The land is part of original town acre No. 493, the north-west portion of which was bought in 1871 by C P Powles who had come to New Zealand in 1863. In his early days he was Assistant Provincial Treasurer in Wellington and after the abolition of the Provinces, set up on his own as an accountant and licensed land-broker.
Only building by Toxward known to have survived. It is a fine example of larger architect-designed house of the period with classical motifs traditionally associated with brick or stone buildings were being innovately rendered in wood.
The house occupies a commanding site in Kelburn with magnificent views of the harbour. On its elevated site it can be seen easily from a number of vantage points.
Toxward, C Julius
1832-1891. A Danish born architect who designed many important buildings in Wellington between the late 1860s and his death in 1891. As virtually all of his buildings were in wood very few have survived.
ARCHITECTURAL DESCRIPTION (Style):
Loosely Italianate in style it is a two storey building with segmented arched window heads, square bay windows and 'union jack' balustrading.
Some changes to exterior and interior over the years but building is in generally original condition.
Weatherboard with corrugated iron roof.
This historic place was registered under the Historic Places Act 1980. This report includes the text from the original Building Classification Committee report considered by the NZHPT Board at the time of registration.
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.