Address: 204 Albert Street, House
Construction date: 1954
Architect/designer: Bernard Cox
Architectural style: Modern Movement
District Plan Cagegory: 1
Building number: 27
Heritage NZ Category: Nil
Physical and Social History
The Building Permit records contain undated plans (No 3/54/1) of this split-level house and garage underneath. They were drawn up for E Whitehead esq. The architect was Bernard G Cox. This file also includes an application, dated 29 July 1954, to build this dwelling for E Whitehead. It records that the roof is made of fabric. The gutter was also formed in fabric.
CT WN651/83 was issued in 1955 to Eric David Whitehead, a leather merchant of Palmerston North. This property is spread over part of Suburban Section 1090 Township of Palmerston North, and part Hokowhitu N 2. The property was also subject to a right to erect and maintain electric light poles and lines on the property.
In 1955, the name of ED Whitehead's wife, Constance Helen MacGregor Whitehead, was added to the CT under the Joint Family Homes Act 1950, although for unknown reasons this entry was subsequently cancelled. Mrs Whitehead died on 16 January 1966, aged 56 years. She was still living at this address at that time. The property was then transmitted to Eric Ralph Whitehead as survivor in 1966.
Also on 16 January 1966, the property was transferred to James Cornfoot Jarvis Willis, a medical practitioner of Palmerston North. The Building Permit records show that this same year Dr Willis applied to build a consulting rooms on the property.
In 1974, the name of JCJ Willis' wife Lorna Catherine Willis was added to the CT under the Joint Family Homes Act 1964. The same year, additions were made to the house, including a new window. The architects were Brogden & Davidson. Later in the year, a carport was built alongside Dr Willis' surgery.
Dr Willis died on 29 September 1974, aged 37 years. In 1975, the property was transmitted to Mrs Willis as survivor.