Right in the heart of Wellington is Antrim House, a prominent landmark in what was once a predominantly residential central city street. Its historic significance arises from its origins as the home of successful businessman and founder of R Hannah & Co Ltd, Robert Hannah, his wife Hannah and their family.
Antrim House (named after the county of Hannah's birth) was his last home, had all the latest conveniences including gas, electric light and bathrooms. It was designed in Italianate style by the firm of Thomas Turnbull & Son, which designed many other notable Wellington buildings. It has kauri panelling and staircase, stained glass windows (all different) and ornate ceilings by Wunderlich of Sydney. In the grounds are a stable block and conservatory.
Since Robert's death in 1930, Antrim House has been home to many people - as private hotel, public service hostel for young men. In 1979 Antrim House was given to the New Zealand Historic Places Trust, who use it as their headquarters.
Though surrounded by high rise buildings, Antrim House still has its lawns and trees, an oasis of green in the city. The Hannah Room is available for hire for business meetings.
We need your help to restore Antrim House. Its beautiful verandahs and pillars are one of the main features of the property.
But it is these verandahs and pillars that are badly damaged. There is decay in the decking and columns, which is weakening its structure. There is also loose plaster in the front steps and concrete foundation wall. In order to conserve and restore these features as quickly as possible, we need to raise $100,000:
- The deck needs to be uplifted, treated and re-fitted
- Columns need to be replaced, rusty nails removed and handrails touched up
- The steps and concrete surfaces all need to be repaired, replastered and repainted
- Rusting pipework needs to be treated and sundry work done on both floors.
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