126 John Street, Ponsonby


I always enjoy walking past this funky old villa in Ponsonby, all 3 storeys grow organically up the bank to meet the road - even then it's inhabitants walk up some stairs to meet the footpath. I Love the double doors to nowhere on the side too.


Shrouded with Cabbage Trees (Ti Kouka in Maori) give it a real country look despite being in the middle of the city. Incidentally, cabbage trees are gaining popularity elsewhere - in UK landscaping as a hardy cold weather palm where they are known as the Torquey Palm, but the most impressive examples I've ever seen were in the lake district of southern Chile.
**Since initially posting this, the owner has been in touch with some interesting facts about the house and John Street;

"During the renovations we found pages of the AUCKLAND STAR newspaper used as wallpaper pasted to two of the internal walls dated April 7 1886, in remarkable condition. This was quite common on early NZ dwellings where building materials were hard to get.
When the section was first sold and the house was built, John Street did not run all the way between Richmond Rd and Jervois Rd. The top half between Richmond Rd and Summer St was called Oliphant Street, which is the address detail on the last paper title. By 1895, from the maps I have found - the rest of the sections were formed and the road joined up with John Street. It was renamed all John Street in the late 1930s."

Thanks, Richard very interesting stuff!

Auckland Star newspaper pages found in internal walls, April 7, 1886

Auckland Star newspaper pages found in internal walls, April 7, 1886

Comments

Richard said…
Glad you love our little cottage. It's 3 storeys and was built in 1886. Really great sketch.
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Murray Dewhurst said…
Hi Richard, Thank you for the message and date - It's a bit older than I thought. Pleased you like the sketch! I've since done one from the front too, I'll post it shortly as well. I'm really enjoying sketching the old villas so I'm going to do some more over the next few months.
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Mário said…
I love to see Auckland from your eyes!
nice work
Vanessa McCall said…
Great sktech! The house has a 'personality'.
I am looking for pictures of 28 Wharf Road, putting together the info I have on Greatgrandfather mystery, and he is recorded to have been at 28 Wharf Road in 1924. Though looking at this Auck Council street plan (from 1862) http://www.aucklandcity.govt.nz/dbtw-wpd/exec/dbtwpub.dll?BU=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.aucklandcity.govt.nz%2Fdbtw-wpd%2FHeritageImages%2Findex.htm&AC=QBE_QUERY&TN=heritageimages&QF0=ID&NP=4&RF=HIORecord&QI0=NZ, 28 Wharf Road didn't exist (yet)?

Would you know the area?
Vanessa McCall said…
Great sktech! The house has a 'personality'.
I am looking for pictures of 28 Wharf Road, putting together the info I have on Greatgrandfather mystery, and he is recorded to have been at 28 Wharf Road in 1924. Though looking at this Auck Council street plan (from 1862) http://www.aucklandcity.govt.nz/dbtw-wpd/exec/dbtwpub.dll?BU=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.aucklandcity.govt.nz%2Fdbtw-wpd%2FHeritageImages%2Findex.htm&AC=QBE_QUERY&TN=heritageimages&QF0=ID&NP=4&RF=HIORecord&QI0=NZ, 28 Wharf Road didn't exist (yet)?
and things have changed

Would you know that house?
The sketch book is really informative to see and the sketches look ancient. Thanks fr posting it here.
Auckland sketchbook is showing the incredible view of house! You really have the eye to sketch the beauty.
The view of auckland in this sketch book is awesome and i wish to see these places again and again. Thanks a lot for sharing.
The sketch book is really giving the Auckland original view with tall sky scrappers and other amazing structures.
Lee John said…
The sketchbook is presenting the view of Auckland in a great way and looking incredible.
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126 john street is really greatly sketched in the book. I am really inspired by the art of this sketch maker.
Wow! The great art in the sketch book. I'm really inspired to see this.
Murray Dewhurst said…
Vanessa, It looks like number 28 is a lot further down the street now looking at google maps. There's a snapshot of the house there too...

https://maps.google.co.nz/maps?client=safari&oe=UTF-8&q=28+Wharf+Road,+herne+bay+map&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x6d0d479d420cb06b:0xc5492d0196ed40ca,28+Wharf+Rd,+Ponsonby,+Auckland+1011&gl=nz&ei=2HfsUa-_H-6UiQfGyoCwCA&ved=0CCsQ8gEwAA
This John Street, Ponsonby is looking great and it will give more graceful view after the renovation made to this.
Renovation has its beauty of value addition. I am waiting to see after effects of this renovation.