McLeans Mansion

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.

McLeans Mansion, 387 Manchester Street, Christchurch ca. 1900
McLeans Mansion, 387 Manchester Street, Christchurch ca. 1900

One thought on “McLeans Mansion

  1. Gallivanta 12 July 2013 / 4:21 pm

    I can’t believe this building is for the bulldozer!

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