Frank Sargeson House

This modest fibrolite bach in Esmonde Rd, Takapuna, was the home of one of New Zealand’s foremost authors, Frank Sargeson, and was a meeting place for many of his fellow literati.

Constructed in 1948 to a design by Sargeson’s builder friend, George Haydn, the house also features some elements from a more expensive proposal previously prepared by architect, Vernon Brown. A bedroom and deck designed by Nigel Cook was added in 1967.

The Frank Sargeson Trust and voluntary group, 
The Friends of Frank Sargeson House, have been instrumental in preserving the bach as a Literary Museum.

In 2006 Salmond Reed was engaged by the Trust to prepare a Conservation Plan for the property. By that stage water ingress had created problems and the Plan made a number of recommendations, particularly noting the vulnerability of the building to fire.

Therefore the first stage of the conservation project included sensitive repairs to the structure and improvements to the garden, along with the installation of a sprinkler system.

The next phase of the project will involve conservation work on the Museum’s collection of Frank’s books and ephemera.


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