Top home in house tour
A mansion belonging to one of New Zealand’s top art collectors is opening its doors to the public.
Newmarket home ‘‘Rannoch’’, the mansion home of Sir James Wallace, is one of eight homes in the upcoming 2017 NZ House & Garden House Tour.
The home, designed by architect James Lloyd and built around 1915, contains one of the more comprehensive private collections of New Zealand art.
Rannoch is seldom open to the public, but royalty, prime ministers, as well as opera and movie stars, have been guests in the mansion over the years. Wallace is chairman of the Waitoa-based Wallace Corporation and is the owner of an art collection featuring more than 5000 pieces.
The final leg of the 2017 NZ House & Garden House Tour will be held in Auckland on April 7 and feature eight houses. The national tour, held in five locations across New Zealand, is the largest charity house tour in New Zealand, and supports the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.
NZ House & Garden editor Sally Duggan said the final leg of the tour was a showcase of diversity, both in the buildings and the people who call them home.
Last year, the event series raised more than $56,000 for the charity, with Fairfax Media donating $100,000 towards breast cancer awareness.
Art collector Sir James Wallace in his home.