Cable Street, cnr Taranaki Street
Marchbanks. Date of Construction:
Building Type/Use: Warehouse/
Architectural Style: Inter-war
Compilation Date: June
1994. Photo Negative:
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
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
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.
OF HERITAGE VALUES
This building is a significant element in the Taranaki Street
wharf area because of its scale, use of materials and style.
The building retains functional use values.
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
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
Wharves Walk - Sandy Beath, 1982.