Salisbury Garden Court

Cecil Rd, Wadestown
Wellington, Wellington
“The Court” is a group of 16 houses clustered in pairs around a tennis court near the top of Tinakori Hill. The houses were built in 1929-30 by H.S. Pillar. There is walk-only access.

"Throughout the 1930s Depression and the World War II years, the earliest tenants made full use of the tennis court as a central activity area. During the 1950s, the Court briefly became a miniature “Polish village,” as most of the houses were occupied by Poles, many of whom had arrived in New Zealand in 1944 as child refugees. By the 1970s, a “hippy commune” was flourishing at the Court. In the 21st century, pot-luck dinners, working bees and communal ownership of the chooks help maintain connections between residents."

Salisbury garden court is the subject of a documentary film, "A Place to Stay: Salisbury Garden Court (2009)" The documentary explores the relation between urban design and a sense of community.


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  • Salisbury Garden Court - arial view
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