The Architecture: Victorian Italianate
Fellworth House is a two-story Victorian Italianate-style historic house set in 7445sqm of gardens. Built entirely out of native timbers, rimu, totara, matai and kauri, the house has 52 Italianate roll topped sash windows providing virtual floor to ceiling views.
The Italianate style of architecture was a distinct 19th-century style based on 16th-century Italian Renaissance architecture. First developed in Britain in about 1802, the style of architecture continued to be built in outposts of the British Empire long after it had ceased to be fashionable in Britain. The homes were typically two to three stories in height, with flat or hip roofs, bay windows with inset wooden panels, corner boards and two over two double-hung windows.The style became a popular choice for the small mansions built by the new and wealthy industrialists of the era.
Built in 1879, the house is named after an old English family residence. Fellworth House is a Category 2 registered property with the NZ Historic Places Trust.