Temple Gallery auction extended

The exterior of the Temple Gallery and apartments in Moray Pl, Dunedin. Photo supplied.
The exterior of the Temple Gallery and apartments in Moray Pl, Dunedin. Photo supplied.
Dunedin's Temple Gallery and adjoining apartments on Moray Pl are now for mortgagee sale by auction, having been on the market for almost four months.

The 146-year-old Victorian building, once a synagogue and later a freemasons' temple, was converted into two apartments and the Temple Gallery about 20 years ago.

The two-storey 960sq m building is now designated mixed-used residential and commercial. The art gallery has potential for conversion into a retail site or cafe. It has capital value of $460,000.

An auction by Harcourts, scheduled to close today, has been extended to March 6.

The building opened as a synagogue in 1864, making it the oldest synagogue in New Zealand. It was expanded in 1872 by architect David Ross, then converted in 1881 to a masonic hall, which it remained for the next 111 years.

The building was bought in 1992 by husband-and-wife developers and art dealers Peter Duncan and Victoria Timpany.

simon.hartley@odt.co.nz

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