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Historic Place Category 1
Lot 10 & Pt Lot 9 DP 6344
The Fulton family who built the house were early settlers near Outram. James and Robert Fulton were brothers who settled near Woodside in 1849 and were later joined by their brother Francis and other members of the family. Lisburn was built as a town house for the family and Francis moved in to live in it in 1865. It was also used by other members of the family when visiting Dunedin.
Lisburn House is one of the finest townhouses of the 1860s in New Zealand. Most of Clayton's buildings in Dunedin have been destroyed and this is a fine example of his domestic designing.
An impressive sight among the surrounding cottages and bungalows and a minor landmark in the Caversham suburb.
The decorative polychrome brickwork.
Architectural Description (Style):
The house is one and a half storied but the high peaked gables at about 60 degrees give it the height of a two-storied house. The high peaks and multiple gables give it a gothic appearance.
The exterior is unaltered except that at an early stage an extra dormer window was added to the upper storey on the east side. Inside two fireplace surrounds were removed, but similar surrounds have been replaces by recent owners. Otherwise the interior is relatively unmodified.
- Original Construction: 1865 (circa)
The house is built of bricks imported from Ireland with a slate roof. Polychrome brickwork had been used to produce simple patterns on a large wall surface. Roes of fish tail slates alternate with rows of ordinary slates on the roof.
- L. Galer, Houses and Homes, Allied Press, Dunedin, 1981
- Frances Porter (ed), Historic Buildings of Dunedin, South Island, Methuen, Auckland, 1983.
- Margaret Shaw and Edgar D. Farrant, The Taieri Plain: Tales of the Years that are Gone, Otago Centennial Historical Publications, Dunedin, 1949
This historic place was registered under the Historic Places Act 1980. This report includes the text from the original Building Classification Committee report considered by the NZHPT Board at the time of registration.
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