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Ōhinerau Mt Hobson: its creation and history

Dr Bruce Hayward, geologist and marine ecologist, gave a hugely informative and entertaining talk on the eruption and formation of Ohinerau Mt Hobson, Mt St John and the Orakei Basin, at our Auckland Heritage Festival event on 7 October 2022.

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St Ann’s, 43 Arney Road, Remuera (Remuera’s Century-Old Homes Project)

Previously described as ‘an English country cottage on a grand scale’, St Ann’s is a notable example of the domestic work of architect, B. C. Chilwell and makes an important contribution to one of Remuera’s most prestigious streetscapes.

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Binswood, 229 Remuera Road, Remuera (Remuera’s Century-Old Homes Project)

Designed in 1927, by Roy A. Lippincott, ‘Binswood’ has important associations with a number of individuals who made significant contributions in their respective fields.

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Queen Elizabeth II, 1926-2022: The Queen at Ellerslie Races, Boxing Day 1953

On her first visit to New Zealand in 1953, newly crowned Queen Elizabeth II, with her husband the Duke of Edinburgh, attended a Boxing Day meeting at Ellerslie racecourse.

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The Glen District of East Auckland, from 1843

At a Remuera Heritage event on 9 September 2022 Vivienne Wilson spoke about her Taylor ancestor Lieutenant General William Taylor and the houses he and his family built in Auckland.

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Aachen House, 39 Market Road – Sold July 2022

39 Market Road Remuera has been owned by the Dilworth Ulster Institute (Dilworth School) and the Dilworth Trust Board for 100 years

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‘Capri’, 231 Remuera Road, Remuera (Remuera’s Century-Old Homes Project)

Described as "one of the most substantially built brick houses in Auckland", the dwelling at present-day 231 Remuera Road was built in approximately 1903.

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37 Bell Road, Remuera (Remuera’s Century-Old Homes Project)

The original dwelling at present-day 37 Bell Road was built sometime before 1892 reflecting the style of residence that had begun to characterise the residential suburbs of Victorian Auckland.

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Horace Lovell Massey, WW1 Serviceman and Notable Architect (Architects of Remuera)

Horace Lovell Massey (1895-1978) was a notable architect who designed distinctive houses in Remuera. He designed many commercial and public buildings as well as residences in Auckland.

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31 and 33 Bell Road, Remuera (Remuera’s Century-Old Homes Project)

Built as identical two-storey houses in c.1885 on the corners of Bell and Shera roads, the subject residences are two of Bell Road’s earliest buildings and stand as a direct link to Remuera’s early residential history.

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In memory of Joan Thompson 1926-2022

Joan Thompson recorded an oral history with Remuera Heritage in 2018. She was the last surviving pupil of Ladies College in Remuera.

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Strathcona, 35 Seaview Road, Remuera

The residence located at present-day 35 Seaview Road, known as Strathcona, was built before 1905. Although the exact date of the villa’s construction is not known, records indicate that a number of buildings had been established on the site by 1884.

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Binswood, 229 Remuera Road, Remuera

This house on the side of Ohinerau Mt Hobson was originally built in 1927. It was designed by the noted American architect Roy Alstan Lippincott (1885-1969) who worked in New Zealand from 1921 to 1939.

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561 Remuera Road, Remuera: Formerly Harvey Furnishings

You may have noticed the transformation underway of the building at 561 Remuera Road on the corner with Minto Road, Remuera. The shops that were Harvey Furnishings are to become a Four Square supermarket.

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The Hillary Houses of Remuera

Sir Edmund Hillary’s family had a long involvement of residing in Remuera in most of the 20th century.

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Muriel Lamb (Architects of Remuera)

The Lamb House at 131 Arney Road, Remuera, was built in 1947, designed by a pioneering female architect, Muriel Lamb (1911-2010). This was the first house she designed.

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A History of 37 Upland Road, Remuera

37 Upland Road sits within a pocket of grand houses on Upland Road which were owned by noted Aucklanders. Unfortunately 37 Upland Rd is down a driveway and although it is as grand as the houses surrounding it, it is zoned Mixed Housing Suburban, and is currently under threat from a proposed development.

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Sholto Smith (Architects of Remuera)

When Sholto Smith (1881-1936) arrived in Auckland in 1920 at the age of 39, he was already experienced in designing modern office buildings and large houses. In his Auckland practice he designed a number of significant houses in Remuera.

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Roy Keith Binney (Architects of Remuera)

Roy Keith Binney (1886-1957), architect, designed some of the most notable houses in Remuera and Parnell in the 1920s, including Guisnes Court, Bankton, Awatea, and a grand house for Amy Hellaby.

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Biltmore, 251 Remuera Road, Remuera

The house known as Biltmore at 251 Remuera Road, (was number 69 until 1945) on the corner with Omahu Road, was built in 1910 for the Hon. Joseph Augustus Tole K.C., lawyer and barrister.

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Vernon Brown (Architects of Remuera)

Vernon Akitt Brown was born in Liverpool on 23 March 1905. He studied architecture at Northern Polytechnic in London and emigrated to Auckland in 1927. He became known for his creosoted “Brown” boxes with white trim.

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Avoca or Ovoca House, Victoria Avenue, Remuera

The house which became Avoca House was built by Reuben Scarborough, probably in the early 1880s, who purchased about 5 acres of land at the bottom of Victoria Avenue.

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Roy Lippincott (Architects of Remuera)

Roy Lippincott came to New Zealand as the result of a competition win in 1921. He went on to make a name for himself in designing public buildings and private homes, until returning to the US in 1939. There are a number of Lippincott-designed houses in Remuera.

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29 Ridings Road, Remuera (Remuera’s Century-Old Homes Project)

In a suburb known for its grand old houses, the modest dwelling at 29 Ridings Road is a rare surviving example of a vernacular cottage that, at over 140 years old, stands as an important tangible reminder of Remuera’s early horticultural, agricultural and residential history

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