James Smiths

49-69 Cuba Street And 87-99 Manners Street, Te Aro, Wellington

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    Copyright: Minicooperd – Paul Le Roy. Taken By: Minicooperd – Paul Le Roy. Date: 4/05/2014.
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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 5379 Date Entered 22nd August 1991


City/District Council

Wellington City


Wellington Region

Legal description

Pt Lot 1 DP 845 (CT WN90/228), Pt Lot 1 DP 845 (CT WN90/264), Lot 2 DP 845 (CT WN92/228), Lots 3-4 DP 845 & Pt Lot 1 DP 6917 (CT WNB3/1355), Lot 1 DP 8649 (CT WN390/121), Lot 2 DP 6917 (CT WN 320/188), Wellington Land District.

Location description

James Smiths incorporates the following street addresses: 87, 91, 93, 99 Manners Street and 49, 51, 53, 55, 57, 61, 63, 65 and 69 Cuba Street, Te Aro, 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 1907

Architectural Significance: Designed by Penty and Blake, an important architectural firm. The original Edwardian palazzo finish has undergone facade treatment to be consistent with Art Deco. There are in fact 5 buildings on the site, all linked, and dating from 1907-1965.

Townscape Significance: Occupies a prominent and well-known street corner location.


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Penty & Blake

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Construction Dates

Original Construction
1907 -
Building fronting Cuba Street, Manners Street Corner constructed

1932 -
King and Dawson design present façade for building fronting Cuba Street, Manners Street Corner

1934 -
Five storey steel framed reinforced concrete building added

1927 -
Steel frame and concrete building added at the rear of the block on Pringle Avenue.

1963 - 1965
Structural steel and concrete building with mosaic tile face added

1987 -
Building fronting Cuba Street, Manners Street Corner earthquake strengthened

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.