Turnbull House

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Turnbull House
Turnbull House - Wellington.jpg
General information
Location41°16′45″S 174°46′35″E / 41.27910°S 174.77646°E / -41.27910; 174.77646
Address25–27 Bowen Street
Town or cityWellington
CountryNew Zealand
Named forAlexander Turnbull
OwnerDepartment of Conservation
Design and construction
ArchitectWilliam Turnbull
Reference no.232

Turnbull House is a historic building in Wellington, New Zealand. It was designed by William Turnbull and is listed by Heritage New Zealand as a Category 1 historic place.[1]


The House's architecture is a mix of Queen Anne and Scottish Baronial architecture at was built as the residence of Alexander Turnbull, and as a place to store his large collection of books, maps, and documents. The building of the house was delayed until late 1915 because of World War I. The house, which was purchased by the government in 1920 was opened to the public as the Turnbull Library the Library stayed in the building until 1973 when the collection became part of New Zealand's national library collection. [2]


  1. ^ "Turnbull House". Register of Historic Places. Heritage New Zealand. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Turnbull House". Department of Conservation. Retrieved 28 January 2016.

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