News | 11 April 2019
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Council preserves heritage as history doesn’t repeat itself

What do an Edwardian home, a yacht club, two chapels, and a couple of old warehouses have in common? They’re all recipients of the latest round of the Wellington City Council’s Built Heritage Incentive Fund – contributing towards seismic strengthening work and conservation around the capital.

Image of Blair Street Studios, 19 Blair Street which recieved $25,000 towards seismic assessment for earthquake strengthening
BHIF grant recipient Blair Street Studios

Following the latest BHIF round, five applicants were allocated funding from the $100,000 pool to maintain the heritage values of buildings and help keep them safe and resilient in the future.

The fund recognises the importance of conserving, restoring, protecting and caring for buildings in the Wellington City District Plan Heritage List and Heritage Areas, says Chair of the Subcommittee, Councillor Sarah Free. 

“A large part of Wellington’s character is made up of the wide variety of heritage sites and buildings from different eras and architectural periods, which are located all over the capital.

“This fund contributes towards protecting and preserving the buildings for resilience, the maintaining of the city’s cultural fabric, and ensuring future generations get to enjoy the history and stories of those who came before,” adds Councillor Free.

Built Heritage Incentive Fund recipients 2018/19 (round 2)

Blair Street Studios, 19 Blair Street – $25,000 towards seismic assessment for earthquake strengthening:

  • The buildings are a fine pair of Edwardian warehouses that were designed in a Classical style.
  • This building is associated with the produce markets in Wellington, which were held there for over 50 years.

Erskine Chapel, 24 Avon Street – $30,000 towards strengthening and redevelopment

  • The chapel is the only substantial remaining heritage listed structure on the former Erskine College complex. The other buildings on the site have been recently demolished.
  • The heritage listing encompasses the exterior of the chapel as well as all moveable fittings and furniture.
  • The interior of the chapel is considered the finest Gothic interior in New Zealand.
  • Significant fittings include the twelve stained glass windows (from Mayers in Munich) and the Carrara marble altar.
  • The chapel has architectural, cultural, technological and aesthetic significance. It was designed by John Sydney Swan (prominent architect).

Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club clubrooms, 103 Oriental Parade – $32,300 towards earthquake strengthening works

  • Clyde Quay Boat Harbour brings maritime architecture into close proximity with inner city housing, a juxtaposition that occurs in few other New Zealand cities.
  • It is an existing example of a building constructed in the Wellington region specifically for military purposes during the Second World War.
  • The prominence and longevity of the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club with yachting in New Zealand is well known and the clubhouse is a bastion of the sailing community in Wellington. Converted into the clubrooms of the RPNYC in the 1950s. 

Futuna Chapel, 67 Futuna Close - $9,700 towards conservation plan update

  • An influential 1960s building that has become a symbol of its time. It is notable for the way in which it has successfully synthesized Māori and Pakeha architectural traditions to create a genuinely local modern architecture.
  • The building has historic value for its association with the Marist Brothers, and is named after a tragic event in Marist religious history.
  • The building is held in high public esteem, particularly by the architectural community. 

26 Stoke Street, Newtown - $3,000 towards external restoration project

  • The house is a substantial Edwardian villa. It is notable for its unusual, but well-proportioned, street façade, and for its use of a palette of details and ornamental features that suggests a North American influence in its design.
  • The house is one of the grandest houses in a streetscape of bungalows and Edwardian villas. It has some townscape value for its size and its prominent position at the crest of Stoke Street. It was owned by Alexander Campbell, a well-known local builder.