Story: Historic places

History on the move

History on the move

During the 1980s a building boom in Auckland and Wellington saw historic buildings in central business districts give way to multi-storey office buildings. Occasionally a historic building was moved to another site for a new use. Conservationists prefer buildings are kept on their original site for contextual reasons, but will agree to their being moved if there is no other way of saving them. This happened in Wellington with the former residence of Dr Henry Pollen, which in 1988 was moved from its site further uphill on Boulcott Street down to the corner of Boulcott and Willis streets to make room to build the Majestic Centre. The building had had a colourful history – as well as being the doctor's residence, it had been a hostel and a brothel. On its new site it became a popular pub.

Using this item

Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1988/3616
Photograph by Ian Mackley

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Ben Schrader, 'Historic places - Destruction and renewal, 1980s to 2000s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 July 2022)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 22 Oct 2014, updated 19 Aug 2016