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 while the Drawing room which forms part of the right tower will be converted to a fine art gallery, showcasing significant artworks drawn from The Pah Homestead collection of Sir James Wallace.

Project Plan

The Prospectus scopes out a 6-stage approach which will enable the building to be opened progressively. Major elements include:

  1. Fundraising; security of building to prevent further deterioration from weather and vandalism; access for contractors; tidy grounds. To be completed by October 2018.

  2. The focus in Stage 2 is on the lower front rooms and outer foyer, in order to show visitors and guests the project’s potential. Complete engineering and QS work for foundation and relevelling; remove lathe and plaster; scope gallery requirements. Restore front verandah and façade and front garden.

  3. Finalisation of plans and specs for all services: fire, alarms, communications, AC, power, light, security, kitchen, dining etc

  4. Opening of interim exhibition; restoration to pre-finish stage of all rooms off the upstairs of the inner vestibule; initial set-out of heritage rooms.

  5. Restoration of selected furniture and heritage items and decorative plaster in inner vestibule and major front rooms - extend public displays and trial exhibitions into these areas

  6. Full decorative fit-out of heritage spaces; final landscaping; official opening.


The first image gallery shows the building in construction and how some rooms looked in their prime. The second gallery shows some of the earthquake damage.  More interior shots, taken in 2017, can be seen here: Wildboyz Urban Exploration.

Download or read the Prospectus 

The Trust is chaired by Emeritus Professor Chris Kissling. Members are Trevor Lord, Brian Cribb and Tim Hogan

Listen to the exciting plans for future uses of McLean's Mansion

McLean's Mansion Charitable Trust
P O Box 8921, Riccarton Christchurch 8011

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