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Cable Street, cnr Taranaki Street

Architect: D Marchbanks. Date of Construction: 1919.

Building Type/Use: Warehouse/ Architectural Style: Inter-war

Commercial Warehouse

Compilation Date: June 1994. Photo Negative: 12.20 (1994).

Classification : District Plan: Map 17, reference 50.

Visible Material: Brick masonry structure, timber joinery, concrete structure and detailing ing good condition.


Shed 22 was constructed in 1922 for the Wellington Harbour Board. and was designed by the Harbour Board's in-house engineering department. The head engineer at the time was D Marchbanks. This branch produced a number of the sheds and buildings on the Wellington waterfront. Shed 22 increased the storage capacity of the wharves, at a time when vacant shed space was at a minimum. In recent years, Shed 22 has accommodated vegetable and craft markets.


This building is a significant element to both the wharf and Cable Street because of its scale, style and form. It forms a shear vertical wall with the Odlins Building and John Chambers.


D Marchbanks

D. Marchbanks was the Harbour Boards head engineer and was responsible for a number of other wharf buildings and sheds, including Shed 22


Shed 22 is a large building, designed in the Edwardian Warehouse style. This style was influenced by the Romanesque of American architect H H Richardson. The first major design in this style was the Marshall Field Wholesale store in Chicago. Consistent with the stylistic characteristics, this warehouse is constructed of brick, has round-headed upper windows, a basic rectangular form, cornice, and an elegant parapet. The parapet however, was removed following the 1942 earthquake, due to substantial damage. Inside the building, the steel saw-tooth roof design is punctuated by skylights, creating a pleasant interior light quality.





Design: This building is a significant element in the Taranaki Street wharf area because of its scale, use of materials and style.

Use The building retains functional use values.


Measure: The building is a good representative example of the style, planning, and form for the building type and period.

Level of Authenticity: Retains authenticity of exterior design, immediate setting, workmanship and craftsmanship.

Statement of Significance: Shed 22 is a representative example of the building type, and is a significant element in the urban design of the Taranaki Street wharf area.


(1) Wharves Walk - Sandy Beath, 1982.

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