The University of Otago Vice-Chancellor’s residence is University Lodge at 50 St Leonards Drive, Dunedin. The house is recognised as a Category II Historic Place (see links to The List below). Designed by architects McDowell Smith; the original construction dates to 1930.
Don’t ask Vice-Chancellor Harlene Hayne for colour advice, not for heritage buildings.
Recently, the main wall colour has been changed to a grey (battleship or lighter). The window sills are cream, and a dark slate colour has been selected for the window joinery. The jury’s out… one educated source says the new paint scheme “clashes violently” with the terracotta roof tiles.
Why wasn’t a section of paint on the building scraped back to reveal the original colours? Why was there no research? Why wasn’t professional advice heeded? It may only be paint but the VC should be leading by example, and that means promoting best practice in heritage conservation and care (responsible stewardship).
Read more about University Lodge in a book written by Ian Church (Friends of the Hocken Collections): Haven at St Leonards: Story of University Lodge, Its Background and Occupants (2011). ISBN: 9780473186814.
52 pages. Illustrated.
A light google search for ‘University Lodge’ brought up the following company information:
MCMILLAN NOMINEES LIMITED
Company number: 464348
Incorporation Date: 07 Mar 1990
Company Status: Registered
Entity type: Limited Liability Company
John Burman ADAMS (since 15 Jul 2004) – 9 Pioneer Crescent, Dunedin
Andrew John ANDERSON (since 16 Jul 2008) – 55 Cannington Road, Dunedin
David Charles CULL (since 03 Dec 2010) – Portobello, Rd 2, Dunedin
Vada Harlene HAYNE (since 23 Aug 2011) – University Lodge, St Leonards, Dunedin
Posted by Elizabeth Kerr