More money for Wellington heritage

Wellington City Council has just released its next round of funding for heritage buildings from its Built Heritage Incentive Fund.  It’s great to see the fabulous Futuna Chapel getting a substantial $34,000 for seismic strengthening and conservation work, along with large amounts for two Frederick De Jersy Clere religious buildings: St Gerard’s Monastery, and St Matthias in Makara.  Other buildings were some of the commercial buildings stretching between Blair and Allen Streets, the ANZ building on the corner of Courtenay Place and Tory Street, and two iconic buildings of Wellington, the Wellesley Club and the Wellington Rowing Club.  By far the largest amount is going to seismic strengthening for 161 Cuba Street, home of one of my favourite restaurants, Floriditas.

A number of privately owned houses are also recipients of money this time round, with two of the railway cottages in the fabulous railway settlement in Tarikaka Street, Ngaio (as pictured below), for reroofing.

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In addition, a Chapman Taylor house in Thorndon (pictured below) received money for seismic strengthening.

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Buildings benefitting from the fund are:
10-24 Blair Street and 7-23 Allen Street – seismic strengthening – $20,000
22 Burnell Avenue, Thorndon – seismic strengthening – $10,000
Futuna Chapel, 67 Futuna Close, Karori – structural strengthening and conservation – $35,513
St Gerard’s Monastery – detailed seismic assessment – $25,000
60-64 Courtenay Place – seismic strengthening – $50,000
St Matthias Church, 379 Makara Road – seismic strengthening – $44,000
161 Cuba Street– seismic strengthening – $90,000
Tarikaka Street, Ngaio – re-roofing railway cottages – $3000 x 2
Wellesley Club Building, 2 Maginnity Street – seismic options analysis – $15,000
Wellington Rowing Club, 29 Jervois Quay ­–re-roofing – $10,000
Total – $305,513


Main Photo: Railway Houses in Tarikaka Street, Ngaio. Credit: Photographer: Frank O’Leary, Historic Places in New Zealand, Issue 22, September 1988, p. 21; Burnell Avenue image: S George Nathan & Company. S G Nathan Co. K E Niven and Co :Commercial negatives. Ref: 1/2-216933-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.

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