Ashburton District

Explore the stories of various New Zealand Heritage List places in the Ashburton District that have been demolished following the Canterbury earthquakes.


Tucker's Building, Ashburton
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Tucker's Building

147-159 West Street, Ashburton
Originally entered in the List as a Category 2 historic place - Demolished March-April 2016

Coal and Timber merchant Joshua Tucker had been operating on this site since 1875. This building dated to c. 1900 and was a two-storey brick and concrete building with classical elements. The building originally had an ornate parapet with balustrading and decorative brackets, which had been removed sometime prior to the 1990s.


Methven Historical Society Building
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Methven Historical Society Building

7 Bank Street, Methven
Originally entered in the List as a Category 2 historic place (#7119) - Demolished 2013

The Methven Historical Society Building was erected in 1917 as the office and meeting room of the Methven Agricultural and Pastoral Association.


Methven Public Library
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Methven Public Library

60 Main Street, Methven
Originally entered in the List as a Category 2 historic place (#7156) - Demolished 2013

The Methven Public Library was designed by Waimate builder and architect JS Walker in 1883-1884. The Italianate-style building was constructed with an exposed red brick facade accentuated with two projecting concrete courses, concrete architraves and keystones, and cornice and pediment, also in concrete.


Butchery, bakery and tearooms
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Butchery, Bakery and tearooms, Methven

36 Forest Drive, Methven
Originally entered in the List as a Category 2 historic place (#5193) - Demolished 2010

The building at 36 Forest Drive, Methven, was built circa 1910 and has been used for retail of a varied nature, most notably as a bakery with associated tearoom and butchery. The building was demolished following the earthquake of 4 September 2010.