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

As one of only a small number of surviving mid-to-late nineteenth century dwellings in Remuera, 21 Ridings Road stands as a remnant of the suburb’s early colonial architecture and as an important physical reminder of its early residential development, social history and way of life.

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Glenholm, 37 Portland Road, Remuera

The land upon which Glenholm was built originally formed part of the Ōhinerau block II. First auctioned in the 1850s, the block comprised some of the most valuable land in Remuera.

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The Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny, Victoria Avenue, Remuera

Cluny Kindergarten at 74 Victoria Avenue, Remuera, closed its doors for the final time on 4 December 2020. The convent and kindergarten on a 2,820m² site, in a Single House zone, is now up for sale.

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The History of 37 St Vincent Avenue, Remuera

37 St Vincent Avenue made the news recently when it was sold and plans were revealed for the demolition or removal of the 1920s house to make way for 19 townhouses.

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Linton House, 2 Bassett Road, Remuera

Linton House which stood on the corner of Remuera Road and Bassett Road was a grand house designed by renowned architect Edward Mahoney & Son in the 1890s. But before that was a house known as Loyal Bank

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Arlestone, 151 Orakei Road, Remuera (Remuera’s Century-Old Homes Project)

Arlestone, the grand residence at 151 Orakei Road, has many stories to tell and a close association with individuals from many walks of life.

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David Hay and Son of Montpellier Nursery

David Hay and Son of Montpellier Nursery became Auckland’s pre-eminent nurserymen in the years 1855 to 1933.

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62 Orakei Road, Remuera (Remuera’s Century-Old Homes Project)

Occupying its Orakei Road site for well over 100 years, the two-storey Victorian villa at number 62 has, like many other buildings of its age, an interesting and varied past.

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Kelvin Private Hospital, later Kairahi Guest House, 34 (22) Clonbern Road, Remuera

For much of the twentieth century the large stately house at 34 (22) Clonbern Road was a private hospital and guest-house.

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Mary Jane Milne – Businesswoman, Retailer and Co-founder of Milne and Choyce

Mary Jane Milne was born in County Tyrone, Ireland, in 16 September 1840. Her family left Ireland in July 1863 and arrived in Auckland, New Zealand, on 26 November 1863.

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Elmstone, 468 Remuera Road, Remuera

Elmstone, 468 Remuera Road, was built for businessman Victor J Larner in 1909-10 to a design by architect B. C. Chilwell.

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Ash Hurst, 93 Benson Road, Remuera (Remuera’s Century-Old Homes Project)

Occupying elevated land and overlooking the Waitemata Harbour, ‘Ash Hurst’ at 93 Benson Road is a grand Spanish Colonial style residence reputedly designed by the preeminent architectural practice of Gummer & Ford.

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