Who knew there were Gothic Revival stables behind the Dorset Street Flats? The focus is always on the flats themselves, but there was a wee gem behind them that unfortunately was demolished after the earthquakes. We're also replacing this building as well as repairing the flats. Heritage NZ says:
There is an additional building at the southeast corner of the site: a two‐storey brick building, formerly the Johnstone stables, dating from 1902. It has a steeply‐pitched roof with finials above the
gables and three dormer windows facing north, a large central one which is original but has a more recent small steel balcony added on and two flanking subsidiary gables which are also later additions.
This building now provides garaging for the four ground‐floor flats and a communal laundry, with the first floor converted to a ninth flat on the site, 2A Dorset Street.
The stables were originally built for Isabella Johnstone to house her horses, carriages and stable hands. Isabella Johnstone’s house was constructed at around the same time on the corner of Park Terrace and Dorset Street.