Anderson House repair work complete

Invercargill City Council’s work on historic Anderson House is now complete after well over six months of earthquake strengthening and exterior repairs.

Anderson House, which was gifted to Council in the 1950s, was closed in January 2014 as it was found to be a serious earthquake risk.

Council Manager Business Transition (Venues and Events) Richard McWha said the beloved historic house now meets earthquake requirements and is ready to begin a new chapter.

Earthquake strengthening works are now complete including seismic brackets added and the roof, floors and chimneys strengthened. Exterior maintenance such as repairing parts of
some windows and doors, cleaning the outside of the building and refurbishing shutters has also taken place, he said.

“It’s been a real thrill to be part of this process and we can’t wait to share this treasure with the people who have waited so long for it to be completed.”

The building was now looking much better and was ready to live up to its full potential, with Council working in partnership with the Anderson Park Trust, he said.

“We are looking forward to sharing more plans with our passionate community, who have been eagerly watching this restoration, in the coming months. It truly is a treasure that
belongs to the people of our city who hold it so close to their hearts.”

While Council was working to confirm future plans, a blessing to re-open the building would take place in the coming months, he said.