Letter: Alington House in good hands

23:00, Feb 07 2011

A casual reader could be forgiven for thinking that the architectural honour of Alington House not only hangs in the balance but may indeed already be a lost case, tossed aside along with other recent historic rubble attributed to the Chow brothers (Building treasures `vulnerable', Feb 5-6).

Be assured this is not the case. As the owners of this home we believe we are more aware than most of its cultural significance and are committed to its long-term preservation (supported by our plans for long-term occupation).

We bought the house at the invitation of Bill and Margaret Alington, and since our ownership (and with our active support) the house has received an Enduring Architecture Award from the New Zealand Institute of Architects, and been classified as Category One by the Historic Places Trust.

We understand our role as guardians to this exceptional property and wish to distance ourselves from any contrary suggestion.

DR PETER WOOD

School of Architecture

Victoria University of Wellington

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