Sav­ing our his­tory

Central Leader - - Letters -

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

Mt Al­bert

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