The Purchase and Restoration of McLean's Mansion

The aim of the purchase and restoration of McLean's Mansion is to bring this fine building back to life, and to give it new purposes, while retaining some of the heritage areas in their original décor and furnishings. The dining room and bedroom suite in the left tower will be restored to period décor,  and two other rooms will be be retained to illustrate the life and extremely important and successful farming career of Allan McLean and the work of the Allan McLean Institute which continues to this day.

Project Status

As at March 2021, the CCC-sponsored work is due to be completed by end of June 2021.  By then the Mansion will:

- Be fully restored on the exterior (including painting and glazing)

- Have all roof areas upgraded and lead on the two towers replaced

- Have re-levelling completed and be sitting on an innovative and cost-effective engineered foundation allowing jacking in the  event of future settlement or earthquake event

- Have been structurally upgraded throughout to 100% NBS

- Have fire sprinkler and security enhancements

- Have all designs completed for ablution facilities, lift, and disabled access requirements, all pertinent to the final functionality of the building.

The image gallery shows the building in construction and how some rooms looked in their prime.

Under construction 1899-1902

Under construction 1899-1902

Under construction 1899-1902

Under construction 1899-1902

Holly Lea completed

Holly Lea completed

Vestibule and main staircase

Vestibule and main staircase

Main staircase

Main staircase

Arcaded gallery

Arcaded gallery

Dining room

Dining room

Drawing room

Drawing room

Arcaded gallery

Arcaded gallery

Staircase balustrades

Staircase balustrades

Arcaded gallery

Arcaded gallery

Holly Lea completed

Holly Lea completed

Frank Films Venture Inside

Take a look inside the Mansion. You can see and hear about how the project is coming along . It’s wonderful to see the steady progress being made to restore this amazing building to its original glory.   

 

NB - this film was made in 2019.

CAD Model of the Mansion

 

Check out the video to see, admire, and wonder at the scale and intricacy of McLean's Mansion - without any distractions such as trees, fences or adjacent buildings. What a cultural gem - well worth the effort that is going into its restoration and rejuvenation.