26 - 28 Ross Place, Lawrence

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List Entry Information

List Entry Status Listed List Entry Type Historic Place Category 2 Public Access Private/No Public Access
List Number 5212 Date Entered 19th April 1990


Extent of List Entry

The registration includes the land in Certificates of title OT88/44 and OT88/43 and the two shop buildings, their fixtures and fittings thereon.

City/District Council

Clutha District


Otago Region

Legal description

Pt Sec 6, Pt Sec 47, Sec 7 and Sec 46 Blk LXII Town of Lawrence (CTs OT88/44 and OT88/43)


These single-storeyed shops were probably built in the later part of the nineteenth century, and are evident in photographs taken at the turn of the century. The buildings are typical of the nineteenth century commercial premises which used to stand cheek-by-jowl along the main street of Lawrence. The small shops often had timber facades, as these do, typical of the period. The two adjoining shops represent the nineteenth century streetscape of Lawrence.


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Physical Description

26 Ross Place

The building is a double brick structure plastered over to the east elevation. The shop frontage is timber and would appear to be in, more or less original condition, with double hung windows either side of the single entrance door, the original timber cornices supporting the windows, and grooved detailed window frames. Large timber ship-lap boards to the parapet create a more solid appearance. Turned timber details on either side of the central parapet would appear to be original. Timber quoins to the edges add the appearance of depth. The verandah occurs at what would be the cornice position. Timber brackets visually support the verandah and add to the decoration of the building. The building is of nineteenth century colonial commercial form.

An aerial photograph provided by Clutha District Council indicates that the building is composed of two parallel single gable structures which join to make the single shop front.

28 Ross Place

A plastered double brick building, with a timber fa├žade and parapet to the street front. The building has a lean-to verandah and posts which may have been added later. The shop front is not original.

The aerial photograph shows that this is a single-gabled building with an extension to the rear.

Notable Features

Two nineteenth century shop buildings.

Construction Dates

Completion Date

1st June 2006

Report Written By

Heather Bauchop

Information Sources

Land Information New Zealand (LINZ)

Land Information New Zealand

Deeds Index L282 M309

Deeds Register 24/874

Certificates of Title: OT88/43, OT88/44, OT 34/122

Other Information

A fully referenced copy of this report is available from the NZHPT Otago/Southland Area 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.