Well here it is, my first ever blog! I thought this could be a good idea for all those of you know want to keep up with me or just want some procrastination…like this is to me!
A few weeks ago Josh (my boyfriend) and I went on a tour, and this was a very special tour as no many people have ever been on this tour. It was a tour of Antonio House.
For those of you familiar with Christchurch, Antonio Hall is that old derelict mansion on Riccarton Road…you know the one with all the overgrown grass and everyone thinks it used to be a loony hospital? For those not sure what I’m talking about then continue to read and all will be revealed…..
This mysterious house came to being when a man called Thomas Kincaid purchased the six acres of land in 1904 and developed it into beautiful homestead for himself and his wife. When Thomas Kincaid died it was handed down through a couple of prominent Cantabrians, becoming officially named a historical site at the same time.
In 1946 it was purchased by one Bishop P.F. Loyns and used as a school for boys training to become priests. The first day of this school was the 2nd of February 1947. However with lack of pupils this insititute died out and gave way to Antonio House being used as a hostel for university students in 1979 till 1980. After that it was turned into a boarding facility and also a wedding venue.
Antonio House was finally sold again in 1993 to the Wellstar Company who wanted to turn it into a hotel, however due to lack of funds the place has ended up as we see it today, an expanse of over 100 rooms, 7 lecture rooms, a library, a cool store and extensive dining and function rooms…all deserted and quiet.
Many people think the house is haunted…while we didn’t see any ghosts on our day visit, I think it would be an entirely different story at night, it most definitely has an eeiry feeling to parts of the building.
These are photos I took on the tour, hope you enjoyed them…also if you want to read more about Antonio House, here’s the newsletter I got all my information from:
adios for now!