Wellington's Antrim House needs your help

Antrim House is an iconic Wellington heritage site, at the heart of everything Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga does, and a Category 1 historic place.

Once a home, hotel and hostel, and since 1981, a home again, this time as National Office for Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga.  Our organisation cares for this grand old residence. It is an oasis of green in the city and is a rarity amongst the high rises of inner-city Wellington.

The historic significance of Antrim House arises from its origins as the home of successful businessman Robert Hannah (founder of the Hannah's shoes company), his wife Hannah and their family. It was designed in Italianate style by the firm of Thomas Turnbull & Son, with kauri paneling and staircase, stained glass windows and ornate ceilings by W├╝nderlich of Sydney. In the grounds are a stable block and conservatory.

Why does Antrim House need support?

The roof is no longer fit for purpose and requires completely replacing. The 80-year-old exterior paintwork needs to be stripped back to the original timber and repainted – a huge job given the size of the building.  And finally, some strengthening, and upgrades are planned to ensure this heritage gem endures another 100 years of everything Wellington throws at it (including quite a lot of weather).

Your support will help ensure this important part of Wellington’s past – and the amazing stories it contains - are preserved for future generations.

  • Antrim House, Wellington

    Antrim House is a Category 1 historic place. Image: Grant Sheehan

  • Antrim House as built

    A detail from the 'As Built' project drawings produced by Dizhur Consulting Ltd.

  • Antrim House government hostel circa 1950s.

    Antrim House public service hostel circa 1950s.  Image kindly provided by Mike Jarman

  • Roof corrosion

    This annotated photograph indicates evident corrosion, joint failure and loose fixings. Image: Russell Murray

  • Queues at an Antrim House open day

    Antrim House is well-loved.  Here queues form for Waitangi Day entry. Image: Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

How to help

If you are a current or recent member/supporter, you will receive a fundraising pack in the post soon.  Please simply follow the instructions in the pack about how best to donate; a dedicated donation form just for Antrim House is included.

If you are not a current member or supporter and would like to donate right now, please either call us on 0800 802 010 during office hours, or use our general donation form and let us know in the 'message' field, that you wish your gift to support the Antrim House fundraising.