Salmond Reed Architects has been involved as heritage consultants to the Auckland War Memorial Museum for the past 30 years.
The standard of original construction fell remarkably short of its counterparts in inner city Auckland, resulting in a restoration project which became a substantial rebuild, but it has been successful in maintaining a high level of authenticity. The closed in verandah was reinstated to its early form, with details re-imagined using archival photographs.
Traditional carpentry techniques were put into practice, with typical details referenced from early Auckland houses, such as ‘broomstick’ cornices, solid timber cupboards and linings, a meat-safe and a newly designed range enclosure.
A significant amount of original hardware was re-used, preserving the building's essential simplicity as well as breathing new life back into this iconic seaside cottage.