Top home in house tour

Auckland City Harbour News - - OUT & ABOUT - MARY FITZGER­ALD

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.

LAWRENCE SMITH/FAIR­FAX NZ

Art col­lec­tor Sir James Wal­lace in his home.

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