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87-157 King Street - King Street Flats

Building Details

Building name: King Street Flats
Address: 87-157 King Street
Construction date: 1925
Architect: R Thorrold-Jaggard
Architectural style: Free Style
District Plan Category: 2
Building number: 55
Heritage NZ Category: Nil


These buildings were erected for EC Turner in 1927. Regarded as the first example of inner-city multi storey flats in expansive Palmerston North they also included, and still do, shops on the ground floor. The building was intended to have been almost three times as big but in the end only the north wing was completed. There was off-street parking to the rear accessed through an entrance in the north end of the building. Relatively early in its history the building accommodated a veterinary clinic but for the main part residential flats have occupied the upper storeys of the building.


The building is a late simple example of the Free Style with similarities to the Arts and Crafts style of prior to the end of World War One. It is a symmetrical building with detailing limited to bracketed cornices above windows and exterior balconies with shallow arched balcony openings. The building is reminiscent of the Parkville Flats, Auckland, but on a more simple and smaller scale. Three shops are located on the ground floor with the main staircase centrally located. Interior detailing is limited to a timber balustrade to the stair and plain timber skirting and architraves.


Reginald Thorrold-Jaggard was born and educated in England. He received his articles there before emigrating to New Zealand in 1913. He settled in Palmerston North and soon met and married Lily Daisy Collier who had been recruited in London by the local firm of Collinson and Cunningham as a dressmaker. Jaggard was initially in the employ of Oscar Jorgeson, a well known local architect, before setting up his own practice. In the ensuing years many local buildings and domestic dwellings were designed by Jaggard. Among those still standing are the Former Hepworth Building (1917), King St Flats (1925), Square Edge (1945), Ward Brothers building (1936), Family Entertainment Centre, The Square (1935) and House, 314 Church St. The firm was carried on by his son Bill Thorrold-Jaggard who sold the business in 1962.

Summary of Heritage Values

The building is a simple late version of an Edwardian style with straightforward planning.  It was designed by a prolific local architect.

The building is largely authentic on the interior and exterior and because of its scale and style is a significant building in the streetscape.

The building has economic and functional values.

Statement of Significance 

King Street flats has no special historical importance but they do provide, for Palmerston North, a very rare example of European style multi-storey housing and therefore has some social significance.  Little attempt was made to emulate this building elsewhere in the central city leaving it as somewhat unique structure.

City Planning Dept. PNCC 1987, "Historic Palmerston North 1987" (Calendar), PNCC, PNCC Archives
Thorrold-Jaggard Papers, PNCC Archives
R Thorrold-Jaggard