1. Welcome to 28DaysLater.co.uk - 28DL - The UK Urban Exploring / Urban Exploration / Urbex Forums.

    Asylums and Hospitals, High Stuff, Industrial, Leisure Sites, Residential Sites, Military Sites, Mines and Quarries, ROC Posts, Theatres and Cinemas, Draining, Underground Sites, European and International Sites, Leads, Rumours and News, Kit, Clothing, Equipment, Photography and Video sections plus a lot more.

    Please feel free to browse this website as a guest. Creating an account removes some ads, allows you to post replies, start new topics and threads, and gives you access to more features including bookmarking, live chat, messaging and notification systems.

    Create an account | Login | Request new password

Report - Antonio Hall - Christchurch - September 2014

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by WildBoyz, Sep 22, 2014.

  1. WildBoyz

    WildBoyz Is this the future?
    Regular User

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2014
    Messages:
    2,091
    Likes Received:
    1,529
    Antonio Hall, listed as a Category 2 Historic Place, is a large abandoned mansion located in Christchurch, New Zealand. Thomas Kincaid, a successful grocery merchant, had construction begin in 1904 on six acres of land, however, the structure wasn't fully completed until 1909. Clarkson and Ballantyne were commissioned to design and oversee the development of the mansion which was intended to be styled as a comfortable modernised Victorian/English Domestic building. By 1929, though, both Mr Kincaid and his wife had passed away and the property was sold to John Montgomery, a prominent citizen of Christchurch. Throughout Mr Montgomery's ownership the mansion retained its original name as the 'Kincaid Property', although the gardens were extensively redeveloped. Nevertheless, by 1946 the house was once again sold; this time to Bishop P.F. Lyons, on behalf of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops. In 1947 the Kincaid Property subsequently became the 'Holy Name Seminary', catering for young boys who aspired to become priests. Towards the very end of the 1940's it was reasoned the that premises were inadequate for its new purpose, thus, money was invested to construct additional dormitories, a new dining room and and onsite chapel; which opened in 1950. The chapel was later extended in 1959 when the Holy Name Seminary became a house of Philosophy and a Major Seminary. Further lecture halls were also included in the ongoing renovations. Unfortunately, not too soon after affording time and effort into such extensions, it was deemed that it was no longer financially viable to manage the property; the decline in enrolling numbers had a detrimental effect upon the the future of the house and Seminary. In the years to follow the Churches only viable option was to operate the premises as a private hostel for university students. As it effectively became a student hall of residence, or college as they are otherwise termed, it was subsequently renamed and became known as 'Campion Hall'. By 1981, the property was sold to Mrs Luisetti and her husband, and they chose to run the site as a boarding house. The building was able to cater for up to one hundred people at a time and the additional space was often used to cater for further wedding receptions and other joyous events. Mrs Luisetti renamed the house in memory of her son, who was tragically killed in 1975. For unknown reasons the building was later sold to the Wellstar Company Ltd., and since then it has remained largely vacant; despite now being privately owned. On a positive note though, there are reports suggesting that in the years it has been closed a few of the rooms have been used as temporary accommodation for people who are homeless.

    In 2011 Antonio Hall fell victim to the earthquakes, like many of the buildings across Christchurch. The only person rumoured to be living onsite at the time was the groundskeeper and, despite the extensive damage that occurred in the section he was living in, it is reported that he managed to escape unharmed. The former mansion, which covers 4283 square metres, with over one hundred bedrooms, seven lecture rooms, a library, a cool store, dining and kitchen facilities, a water-tower, garden sheds and a chapel, now lies entirely abandoned; potentially awaiting demolition.

    Yet again we have another property potentially awaiting demolition in Christchurch, primarily because the estimated costs to repair the site are considered to be too great. As an explore though, Antonio Hall offers much more than your average mansion. From the outside one can easily be forgiven for making the assumption that it's likely to be nothing too special, however, once inside it's foreseeable that opinions will be swayed. We wandered around this site for hours, taking in all of the objects that have been left behind and forgotten. The site was so big I've been unable to post photos of everything that can be found inside. The best way to describe the site is as a wacky maze, full of intricate designs and styles, and yet, there's also a certain sense of sadness about the place, as beds lie untended and various bits and pieces have started to crumble away. Explored with Urbex Central NZ and Nillskill.

    1: Antonio Hall

    DSC_0417a2_zpsbfa7c96e.jpg

    2: Fire Damaged Bedroom

    DSC_0446a_zpse5df512a.jpg

    3: Intact Bedroom

    DSC_0472a_zpsf46c4a48.jpg

    4: Another One of the Many Bedrooms

    DSC_0486b_zps98c263c1.jpg

    5: Open Book

    DSC_0506a_zps4620ea57.jpg

    6: Leafy Piano

    DSC_0517a_zps9f97c69a.jpg

    7: Old Armchair

    DSC_0525a2_zps06ee3bfe.jpg

    8: Larger and More Grand Piano

    DSC_0532a_zpsff3adccd.jpg

    9: The Chapel

    DSC_0541a_zpsd63d3f67.jpg

    10: The Chapel Black and White Shot (With Pews)

    DSC_0553a_zps30341058.jpg

    11: Missing Staircase

    DSC_0558a_zps8ea22e46.jpg

    12: Former Girls Dormitories

    DSC_0563a_zpsd0ff3fb7.jpg

    13: Girls Dorm Bedroom

    DSC_0577a_zpsb0005dfa.jpg

    14: Old Cooker Hobs

    DSC_0585a_zps8079532f.jpg

    15: The Damaged Ceiling (This Sort of Scene was Commonplace Throughout)

    DSC_0595b_zps8579f7ac.jpg

    16: The Water-Tower

    DSC_0614b_zps97246c5d.jpg

    17: Antonio Hall from the Water-Tower

    DSC_0616a_zpsa994abce.jpg

    18: A View from the Water-Tower

    DSC_0625a_zpsc20fb4a4.jpg

    19: Christchurch Behind Antonio Hall's Roof

    DSC_0628a_zpsff4fbf1d.jpg

    20: Golf Buggy

    DSC_0639a_zps91a599a6.jpg

    21: The Gardener's Shed

    DSC_0655a_zpsf9fbbb03.jpg

    22: Rusting Oil Tank (Gardener's Shed Behind)

    DSC_0663a_zps26a2a6ec.jpg

    23: The Kitchens

    DSC_0674b_zpse52bb242.jpg

    24: The Dining Room

    DSC_0708a_zps70e368b9.jpg

    25: The Dining Room Black and White Shot

    DSC_0713-2_zpscc4be990.jpg

    26: Detailed Wall Decor

    DSC_0727a_zpsec70a726.jpg

    27: Fabric that was Formerly in Storage

    DSC_0735a_zps1528b7f9.jpg

    28: The Head Wedding Table

    DSC_0754b_zpsa7583d27.jpg

    29: Stained Glass Window in the Chapel

    DSC_0810a_zps5b9a9a96.jpg

    30: A Second Stained Glass Window in the Chapel

    DSC_0816a_zps46288581.jpg

    31: The Marble Altar

    DSC_0819a_zps2898b6f3.jpg

    32: The Old Dried Up Pond

    DSC_0824a_zpsccc19989.jpg

    33: Antonio Hall (Frontal View of Mansion)

    DSC_0833b_zps98ab8311.jpg
     

    Remove this ad by donating or subscribing.

  2. Raz

    Raz 28DL Regular User
    Regular User

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2014
    Messages:
    251
    Likes Received:
    355
    Nice mate :) cant see the marble altar going anywhere I bet it weighs a tonne!
     
  3. Boomstick84

    Boomstick84 28DL Regular User
    Regular User

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2014
    Messages:
    330
    Likes Received:
    103
    Nice report mate, top stuff! :thumb

    Looks a really interesting site, seems to have a bit of everything!
     
  4. The_Raw

    The_Raw 28DL Regular User
    Regular User

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2013
    Messages:
    1,300
    Likes Received:
    1,850
    Wicked mate, loving all these reports from New Zealand in fact, definitely something that doesn't crop up on here every day :thumb
     
  5. Idle Hands

    Idle Hands 28DL Regular User
    Regular User

    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2012
    Messages:
    259
    Likes Received:
    148
    Another cracking report you have there and some lovely crisp shots :thumb
     
  6. ACID- REFLUX

    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
    Regular User

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2013
    Messages:
    2,744
    Likes Received:
    1,445
    Nice ones matey :thumb

    There will be nothing new left for you to visit soon at this rAte :)

    Just needs a few more pics to bulk the report out lol
     
  7. WildBoyz

    WildBoyz Is this the future?
    Regular User

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2014
    Messages:
    2,091
    Likes Received:
    1,529
    Cheers :) Glad you enjoyed it. It certainly does have a bit of everything!
     
  8. WildBoyz

    WildBoyz Is this the future?
    Regular User

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2014
    Messages:
    2,091
    Likes Received:
    1,529
    I thought NZ would have less to explore, with it being a fairly young country and largely undeveloped, but there's loads!

    I know, I should have made more effort to bulk it out a bit more :D
     
Draft saved Draft deleted
Loading...

Users Who Have Read This Thread (Total: 0)

Share This Page

Remove this ad by creating an account and logging in