50 years of memories gone in 60 minutes as dilapidated Mt Cook house pulled down video

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A rundown Wellington house worth more than $500,000 has been demolished after being deemed at risk of collapse.

A handful of contactors armed only with an excavator made quick work of bringing down a distinctive, dilapidated house.

A few people stopped by to snap a picture, or just watch, as Quality Demolition started working on tearing down the property at 82 Wallace St, in the Wellington suburb of Mt Cook on Thursday. 

Operations manager Todd Hanning said while the house had been "top of the list" for demolition, due to safety concerns it had been rushed through as an "emergency job".

The derelict property, at 82 Wallace St, was torn down in just half an hour.

"We pushed it through fairly quickly but it wasn't a big job at all. It didn't take much to get it down."

Demolition began at 10.30am with the house reduced to rubble in less than an hour.

"It's pretty standard to get a house like that down pretty quickly and the guys should have the site cleared by the end of the day," Hanning said.

Just over a week ago, Wellington City Council had deemed the property at risk of collapse, prompting the closure of a popular walkway nearby.

"Right from the word go, when we were notified, we issued a dangerous notice on the property, which meant no one could spend time in there," building compliance and consents staffer Ricky Kernohan said.

No one had been inside the 1930s three-bedroom house in Mt Cook, after the council deemed it was dangerous and earthquake-prone late last year.

Despite that, the rundown property, which had a current rateable value of $540,000, was sold by tender on March 31 for $480,000.

The derelict property was said to pose a risk to passers by when it was determined it was at risk of collapse earlier ...
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The derelict property was said to pose a risk to passers by when it was determined it was at risk of collapse earlier this month.

The remnants of the house are set for landfill as little could have been salvaged due to the poor condition of the house prior to demolition, Hanning said.
Earlier this year pedestrians would advised to take heed of the barriers around the old house as it could pose a real danger.
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The dilapidated Californian bungalow, located at 82 Wallace Street in Mount Cook, dates back to the pre-1930's. Despite ...
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The dilapidated Californian bungalow, located at 82 Wallace Street in Mount Cook, dates back to the pre-1930's. Despite the run-down nature of the property, it's current rateable value is $540,000.

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