Powles House

34 Wesley Road, Wellington

  • Powles House.
    Copyright: NZ Historic Places Trust. Taken By: Alison Dangerfield. Date: 1/09/2011.

List Entry Information

List Entry Status Listed List Entry Type Historic Place Category 1 Public Access Private/No Public Access
List Number 4139 Date Entered 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.

City/District Council

Wellington City


Wellington Region

Legal description

Lot 3 DP 12347 (CT WN490/25), Wellington Land District

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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.


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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.

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Physical Description


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.

Construction Dates

Original Construction
1872 -

Construction Details

Weatherboard with corrugated iron roof.

Other Information

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.