Tours will showcase makeover
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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