Saving our history
We own a 1926 arts and crafts bungalow in Mt Albert that will not be protected under the Auckland City Council’s proposed watereddown rules.
Typically, our house is built of solid rimu, with a most unusual bell-shaped flare to the outer weatherboard walls which are vented at the base of the flare, presumably to provide what would then have been an innovative means of ventilation between the external and internal walls.
It has fantastic leadlight windows in the bays, as well as internally. It also has the original lovely contrasting wood panelling/dado rails internally and a brassbound, blue-tiled fireplace and beautiful plaster dome in the living room – with a crystal chandelier large enough to require additional support in the roof space to bear its weight.
I’m sure there are grander houses than ours in the city – certainly there look to be some grander ones in the streets of the “golden triangle” around us (including Ranleigh Rd), but it is unlikely you will ever see the like of this style and quality of house built again.
A neighbouring house was clearly built by the same builder – together they look a treat.
It would be a tragedy to see either or both bowled simply because the sites could each afford more intensive development if cleared.
In our opinion the council has for decades been criminally derelict in its obligations to protect the city’s architectural heritage, to the point where we risk soon losing everything in the name of “progress”.
Thanks for taking up the cudgels for the Mt Albert Historical Society in its desire to see period homes in Mt Albert given the protection of the resource consent process.
It seems such a small thing to do and to ask, for both present and future generations of Aucklanders. RHYS WALKER