FletcherHouse

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Fletcher house, Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, New Zealand
an Edwardian Villa

This typical Edwardian villa was built in 1909 by Sir James Fletcher, founder of  Fletcher Construction Company Ltd. In December 1990 Fletcher Challenge decided to restore the Fletcher House and open it to the public, making it the first villa in New Zealand to be opened for all to enjoy.
It has been fully restored to its former glory and furnished in the
style of the period by the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum.

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Other times by arrangement call 03 478 0180 or email
Adults $10, accompanied children free.

727 Portobello Road, Broad Bay Telephone 03 478 0180
Parking available 150m past Fletcher House (Portobello side)

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Timeline

  • 1908 Arrival of James Fletcher from Scotland
  • 1909 Builders James Fletcher and Albert Morris lodge a tender for a new house to be built for local storekeeper
    Hubert Green and his wife at 727 Portobello Road, Broad Bay.
    A double bay windowed villa with return verandah is built with views over Turnbull Bay.
  • 1931 Mr and Mrs Green move to Auckland and sell their house to the three Miller sisters.
  • 1938    Mr and Mrs Paterson purchase the property and reside here for 44 years. They make various alterations
    including partially enclosing the verandah to form a woodworking shop, front steps are removed to provide a ramp
    suitable for wheelchair access and the dining room ceiling has its ceiling lowered.
  • 1981 Mr and Mrs Dickson purchase the house and extend the rear lean-to to provide a new kitchen, pantry,
    laundry and bathroom.
  • 1990 Fletcher Challenge purchases the house.
  • 1991 A conservation report is prepared and the restoration begins.
  • 1992 Furnishing and garden design are completed by a team from the Otago Early Settlers' Museum and
    Dunedin Botanic Garden.Oct
  • 1992 The fully restored Fletcher House, managed by the Otago Peninsula Trust, is opened to the public
    by Sir James Fletcher, son of the original builder.
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