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Building Histories

Peter Entwisle specialises in researching and writing histories and aesthetic assessments of Dunedin buildings, especially those built before 1920.  This includes houses, commercial premises, warehouses, churches and public buildings such as post offices and theatres. The benefits are many. Painstaking research of this sort is likely to uncover fascinating facts about the building and the people who built it and occupied it. Wherever we live in Dunedin our heritage is all around us and we are part of the city's ongoing life. Apart from alerting you to your building's special characteristics, a comprehensive history can

• increase interest in a building you are selling

• increase the building's market value

• inform your decisions as you restore, renovate or convert it to a different use

The scope and amount of detail included in a report is, of course, determined in consultation with the client before work starts. The multiplicity of references and footnotes in a completed report attests to the painstaking work that goes into this type of research.

Examples of Peter Entwisle's building research:
 
4Kilgour.jpeg4 Kilgour Street , Roslyn, Dunedin      
Date: February 2007

 This is a detailed but not exhaustive database of historical information concerning a modest villa in Roslyn - little more than a cottage. The owners bought the house in late 2004 having been told it was about 100 years old. It had a good 'feel' and most of its original features were intact.  The owners had no idea of its significance or history. It turned out to be Kilgour Street's oldest house by several years, probably designed by noted architect David Ross and built in 1874. Kilgour Street today is a narrow street of mostly Victorian and Edwardian houses sympathetically restored. Most are far grander than no 4. Who knows what secrets these other residences might hold?