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Historic Place Category 1
Pt Lot 29 DP 4921
P C Neill who built the stables and used them from about 1872 to 1937 was a major Dunedin man and a founder of Wilson Neill Ltd. He was also the owner of Edinburgh House, originally known ad P C Neill Universal Bond Store which gave its name to Bond Street. (Edinburgh House has been demolished).
This is one of the larger stone stables built in the neo-Gothic style in New Zealand. It is two storied with six gables and the equivalent of a large house in size.
The stables are set well back from the North Road across Lindsay's Creek among mature trees. They are important within the park but not from the street.
The size of the stables and the quality of their construction.
ARCHITECTURAL DESCRIPTION (Style):
The stables are built in a neo-Gothic style that matched that of the original wooden homestead.
The building has been greatly modified inside and an external wooden stairway built on the back wall to the loft. The main façade is unaltered except that the leadlights have been replaced with painted wood.
- Original Construction: 1872 (circa)
Leith valley andesite with facings of pale grey Port Chalmers breccia have been used on the walls and mixed bands of fish tailed and square slates on the roof. The basement layer consists of smaller blocks of andesite underlying a heavy band of larger blocks of Port Chalmers breccia. The building was lined with tongue and groove panelling, the floors were plaster with a cobble pattern, the windows had leadlights and the stalls were divided by cast iron columns supporting an elaborate cast iron frieze.
- Frances Porter (ed), Historic Buildings of Dunedin, South Island, Methuen, Auckland, 1983.
This historic place was registered under the Historic Places Act 1980. This report includes the text from the original Building Classification Committee report considered by the NZHPT Board at the time of registration.
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