Skip to Content

More Info →Main Staircase of Caccia Birch House

Caccia Birch, as it is known today, was designed by L G West and built for Jacob Nannestad, a sawmiller, in about 1892. After being sold to Jack Strang in 1903 the house was extensively enlarged, both by him and by the New Zealand Government during the time it was leased to them for use as Government House 1908-1910. In 1921 the house was sold to William Caccia Birch. After Caccia Birch's death it was gifted to the NZ Government, in 1941, and was variously used by the army in WWII, as a convalescent home for nurses, and by both Victoria and Massey Universities. The house has been owned by Palmerston North City Council since 1984 and has been restored and renovated as a conference and function centre. It is a Category 1 listed building with the New Zealand Historic Places Trust because of its historical and architectural and community significance. At the time of this photograph the home was in a state of disrepair. It shows the Kauri panelling at the sides of the hall and the staircase. The original glass lantern at the foot of the stairs was ripped out by vandals, leaving the exposed wires as can be seen.

Identification

Object type
Image
Digitisation ID
2010N_Bur164_3079
Title
Main Staircase of Caccia Birch House
Relation
PNCC Series 7/8/5
Held In
Coolstore

Related items

Main Staircase of Caccia Birch House
16 Guy Avenue, Details or Staircase
Staircase at 16 Guy Avenue
70 Linton Street, Palmerston North
16 Guy Avenue
Caccia Birch House from the back, 130 Te Awe Awe Street
Caccia Birch House front entrance
'Woodhey', Te Awe Awe Street
56 Brightwater Terrace
56 Brightwater Terrace
16 Guy Avenue
11 Bourke Street

Creation

Created By
Place
130 Te Awe Awe Street, Hokowhitu, Palmerston North
Date
1981

Object rights

Credit Line
Palmerston North City Library

Taxonomy

Community Tags

Report a problem

Related items

Main Staircase of Caccia Birch House
16 Guy Avenue, Details or Staircase
Staircase at 16 Guy Avenue
70 Linton Street, Palmerston North
16 Guy Avenue
Caccia Birch House from the back, 130 Te Awe Awe Street
Caccia Birch House front entrance
'Woodhey', Te Awe Awe Street
56 Brightwater Terrace
56 Brightwater Terrace
16 Guy Avenue
11 Bourke Street

User comments