Tours will show­case makeover

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE - By JESS LEE

ONE of Pon­sonby’s grand old dames will have the chance to show off her new makeover with of­fi­cial tours as part of the sub­urb’s her­itage trail later this year.

The 120-year-old Al­len­dale House was of­fi­cially re-opened by Prime Min­is­ter John Key this month af­ter a full re­fur­bish­ment by its owner, The ASB Com­mu­nity Trust, to ‘‘fu­ture­proof’’ it for gen­er­a­tions to come.

The house was built in 1893 and has been a pri­vate hos­pi­tal, doc­tor’s surgery, hos­tel, board­ing house and restau­rant.

Time and many mod­i­fi­ca­tions took their toll on the Pon­sonby Rd land­mark and the last ren­o­va­tions were more than a decade ago.

The ASB Com­mu­nity Trust has op­er­ated out of the build­ing for the past 25 years.

Sal­mond Reed Ar­chi­tects had the task of re­tain­ing and restor­ing the pe­riod fea­tures of the Cat­e­gory 1 his­toric build­ing, while up­dat­ing it to fit its cur­rent pur­pose.

Ar­chi­tect Peter Reed says he was de­lighted to have the op­por­tu­nity to re­store and sym­pa­thet­i­cally up­date a build­ing he has ad­mired from afar for so many years.

‘‘One of the re­ally lovely things about work­ing on the project was the in­ter­est from passers-by ea­ger to know what was go­ing on.’’

The orig­i­nal slate roof has been re­placed, roof ridge crest­ing re­in­stated and ex­ten­sive earth­quakestrength­en­ing work un­der­taken.

Al­len­dale is one of the last mer­chants’ houses in the city with its orig­i­nal sta­bles in­tact.

A new two-storey struc­ture ad­join­ing the his­toric house has been de­signed to pro­vide a tran­si­tion be­tween Pon­sonby’s her­itage and the ad­ja­cent re­tail frontage.

The strong con­trast be­tween both struc­tures was a de­lib­er­ate at­tempt to em­pha­sise the ar­chi­tec­tural in­tegrity of the orig­i­nal villa, Mr Reed says.

So­lar pan­els, sen­sor light­ing, sprin­klers and high-tech air con­di­tion­ing sys­tems have brought the build­ing into the 21st cen­tury.

But each ad­di­tion has been worked in with the build­ing’s orig­i­nal fea­tures in or­der to pro­tect its her­itage sta­tus.

Trust chair­man Ken Whit­ney says the Vic­to­rian town­house holds a spe­cial place in the hearts of many Auck­lan­ders

‘‘Which is why we take the re­spon­si­bil­ity of main­tain­ing this grand old lady so se­ri­ously,’’ he says.

Mod­ern ad­di­tion: A new two-storey struc­ture ad­join­ing the his­toric house has been de­signed to high­light the con­trast be­tween Pon­sonby’s her­itage and its mod­ern ar­chi­tec­ture.

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