Commercial/Retail Building

253 Cuba St, Wellington

  • Commercial/Retail Building.
    Copyright: NZ Historic Places Trust. Taken By: Anika Klee. Date: 14/05/2009.

List Entry Information

List Entry Status Listed List Entry Type Historic Place Category 2 Public Access Private/No Public Access
List Number 5364 Date Entered 22nd August 1991


City/District Council

Wellington City


Wellington Region

Legal description

Lot 6 DP 19320


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 1935.

A fine example of the work of Dawson and King. A main feature is the Art Deco treatment of the wrought iron balconies and parapet.


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King & Dawson

This longstanding Wellington architectural firm was established in 1906 by J. M. Dawson. The firm operated under Dawson’s name until 1929 when it became known as Dawson and King. After another name variation, King Cook and Dawson, the firm became King and Dawson in 1957. In 2012 King and Dawson Limited Architects and Engineers were still in business in Wellington.

Source: List Entry report for Freyberg Pool, 25 Nov 2014

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Physical Description

Built for Downes family

Notable Features

Very plain facade, wrought iron balconies, beaded parapet

Construction Dates

Original Construction
1935 -
Art Deco

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.