Welcome to ‘Lost Property’ -

‘Auckland’s Alternative Modernist Architecture and History’: A Work in Progress.


Gregory Smith (3D designer, curator and architectural enthusiast/researcher) invites visitors to contribute to the site (via the contact page), by supplying factual information and images. This is a not-for-profit website for researchers, students and anyone who wants to know about lost and ‘at risk’ iconic houses, people, paintings and stories from our recent past.

‘Lost Property’ used to be a box, or a cupboard where items that people had forgotten or left behind were kept, in the hope that one day they would be reunited. So it is with ‘Lost Property’ the website, exhibition and publication.

The ‘modern’ era of architecture, design, literature and the arts has only recently been acknowledged as a defining period in our cultural history – yet sadly many of its finest works have already been lost or destroyed!

‘Lost Property’ is a rediscovery of unique houses, stories and pieces of history – a site for researchers, students and anyone who wants to know about lost and ‘at risk’ iconic houses, people, paintings and stories from our recent past. Combining historical imagery and in-depth research, ‘Lost Property’ connects the art and the writer to the room in the house in that it was conceived ! (Enter) the kitchens, bedrooms and hallways in which history and a new era was given voice.


September 2010 – ‘the North Shore’-