Historic mansion to be bulldozed reports The Press today.
This slightly spooky architectural jewel McLeans Mansion (also know as Holly Lea) has an interesting history:
The Mansion was a departure from the accustomed work of the architects, England Brothers, and it was an unusual design among Christchurch’s large homes — when built it was reputed to be the largest wooden residence in New Zealand. The most remarkable thing about the Mansion is surely that it was built for a 78 year-old bachelor and that it was used as a private residence for only 13 years.
- Read more about its past in McLeans Mansion: The architectural heritage of Christchurch.
- There is a fascinating and well-illustrated blog post Holly Lea – a Rich Man’s Folly? on Lost Christchurch.
- Browse some articles and images in this DigitalNZ set McLeans Mansion aka Holly Lea
- McLeans Mansion listing on the NZ Historic Places Trust register