The Creation of Something Special.
The restoration of Pearson House is well underway.
Pearson house will include a stylish eatery called ‘Pearson’, uniquely celebrating the era of the house in a modern way. The original colonnade will be brought back to life, seamlessly linking a Drawing Room, a Reception Room and a Reading Room. These spaces will not only provide areas for resident activity and recreation but provide a glorious venue for village events. Upstairs is being redesigned to house a luxurious boutique cinema, a hobby and arts studio and a billiards room. The cardio studio and wellbeing suite will also be in Pearson House, albeit transitional facilities as these will form part of the final stage of the village development.
Interior designer Stewart Harris, of Macintosh Harris, having drawn inspiration from its neo-Georgian architecture, has created a richly textured interior design for Pearson House. The architecture of Pearson House stems from a period of renaissance in British design, where the influence of Europe played a major role. The British travelled to Europe and brought back a treasure trove of ideas, which resulted in the creation of a new look that became known as Neo-Georgian. This time heralded the introduction of refined English furniture, bringing a sense of quality that enabled Britain to showcase to the world that they were at the top of their game, and this was reflected in the ingenuity of their interiors.
Stewart has weaved a rich history into the Pearson house design, in a way that is uplifting and modern. The use of colour, attention to lighting with crystals and chandeliers, and furniture inspired by the greats of 18th century furniture makers such as Chippendale, Sheraton and Hepplewhite are blended seamlessly with the modern amenity and functionality required of this exclusive venue.
Pearson House will provide residents of The Foundation with an unparalleled atmosphere, where they will be able to greet and entertain family and friends. As the resident’s private club, Pearson House is sure to become a much-loved space, reflecting the history and architecture of the past while providing modern comfort and luxury for the future.
Taking into consideration the complexities associated with a restoration project of this nature, Pearson House is forecast to be completed mid 2024.
Pearson House opened its doors in 1926, proudly bordering the Auckland Domain. It stands as a unique testament to its role, as it was specially constructed as a residence for blind men. It was a pivotal component of a larger complex established by the Jubilee Institute for the Blind, founded in 1890 (later known as the Royal New Zealand Foundation for the Blind), which operated as the sole institution of its kind in New Zealand.
Pearson House is designed in the neo-Georgian architectural style, prevalent in New Zealand during the 1920s and 1930s, by the esteemed architectural firm Gummer and Ford. This unique and intentional design not only made the blind a constant presence in the city but also contributed significantly to the Auckland landscape, earning the building admiration for its architectural and societal impact.