Rural Delivery 1, Kumeroa, Woodville
List Entry Information
List Entry Status
List Entry Type
Historic Place Category 2
Private/No Public Access
26th August 1993
Horizons (Manawatu-Wanganui) Region
sec 39 BLK XIV Tahoraite SD
The following text is from the original Proposal for Classification report presented to the Board 26 Aug 1993.
Otawhao is a large single storey country homestead, built in the Victorian eclectic style. It was built from 1898 onwards, and remains substantially in its original form. The house has a somewhat confused exterior design, including a combination of shiplapped, rusticated and exterior framed weatherboards. The interior of the house includes a fine panelled octagonal entrance hall. There is extensive use of native timber for ceilings and wall panellings. The Buildings Officer considers the interior features have been handled well, but are not unique in comparison with other homesteads of the same era.
The original owner, T F Fountaine, was closely associated with the founding and development of Woodville. His obituary states that he was regarded as one of the founders of Woodville, and during his lifetime he gifted to Woodville a reserve in the town centre opened in 1896 and known as Fountaine Square. He is said to have been qualified as an architect, surveyor and structural engineer, and involved in bridge and road making around Woodville. It is believed by the Fountaine family that he designed Otawhao, and his initials appear in a stained glass window above the entrance, but the pencil sketch plans of the house do not bear his signature to confirm this.
Victorian eclectic style
A copy of the original report is available from the NZHPT Central region office
Please note that entry on the New Zealand Heritage List/Rarangi Korero identifies only the heritage values of the property concerned, and should not be construed as advice on the state of the property, or as a comment of its soundness or safety, including in regard to earthquake risk, safety in the event of fire, or insanitary conditions.