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C.T. Natusch was the architect who designed 'Atawhai', meaning “Warm Welcome”, which was constructed between 1908 – 1909. The house was built at the top of the bluff, across the bridge from Palmerston North, in Fitzherbert, and building materials had to be hauled up the bluff by a double pulley. The house had 17 rooms, plus sculleries and pantries, and included a veranda facing the sun. A steep access road was built at a later date. The house was built for Edwin Keiller, a widower, as a healthy place to raise his children. In 1963 the Presbyterian Educational Trust bought the house which is administered in conjunction with Massey University as a hostel for students known as Fergusson Hall.

Identification

Object type
Image
Digitisation ID
2010N_Bur373_3237
Title
'Atawhai', Fitzherbert
Held In
Research File
Relation
Public Photograph Collection Bur 373
Date
1920s

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Place
Massey College, Palmerston North

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building,
buildings,
dwelling,
home,
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massey university,
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