Topic: Tupare (1932)

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Tupare is a Chapman-Taylor designed residence on Mangorei Road. The plans were prepared in 1932 for Russell and Elizabeth Matthews, a substantial private home in the traditional English-style design.

A clause in the specifications allowed for 'alteration' to the design and Chapman-Taylor agreed to work "...under instructions from Russell Matthews Esq. who will himself employ the workmen and supple the materials and will place the work under the controlof the Designer who will act as Architectand as Foreman in charge of the job. Therefore this Specification will take the form of a memorandum rather than a legal contract." (Judy Siers, The Life and Times of James Walter Chapman-Taylor, Millwood Heritage Publications, 2007)

A number of changes early in the project proved too much for Chapman-Taylor and he walked away from the project. However, left to finish the work was the Eltham builder, Len Rowe, who was well-versed in the methods of Chapman-Taylor. The house was eventually completed eight years after construction began.

In 1985 the ownership passed to the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust and in 2002 the Taranaki Regional Council assumed responsibility for Tupare. 

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