People's Palace

203-205 Cuba St, Wellington

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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 5359 Date Entered 22nd August 1991


City/District Council

Wellington City


Wellington Region

Legal description

Pt Sec 128 Town of Wellington


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 1904

Essentially streetscape value, a well-balanced neo-classical facade, showing historical development with the later addition of the words "Peoples Palace" after 1928.


Construction Professionalsopen/close

O'Dea, James J.

No biography is currently available for this construction professional

Additional informationopen/close

Physical Description

Built for Wellington doctor Patrick Mackin, Salvation Army took over in 1916.

Notable Features

Pilasters (plain & fluted) on corner and centre of each storey and supporting arch of windows, cornice, plain entablature, parapet rises and curves over centre of building with two scrolls on each side

Construction Dates

Original Construction
1904 -
Edwardian Free Classical

After 1928 addition of words 'People's Palace"

Completion Date

1st 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.