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TAIPARI'S NEW RESIDENCE.

Conspicuous amongst th« private dwelling! ia course of ereotion at Short! and stands th« handsome dwell-ing-house just completed to the order "of W. H. Taipari, the lord of the Boil at this place. The site is the brow of the hill near the Haps, and Immediately behind the township, adjoining the handsome residence of Mr. Commissioner Mackay. The first decent dwelling put up at the Thames was erected on this Bite for Taipari, but it has recently been removed to make room for the present handsome building. Mr. D. M. Beere is the architect, and the model is highly creditable to that gentleman. It occupies an area of 40ffc. by 42ft., and comprises ten rooms, with a verandah round three sides, and when completed is to cost some £1,200. The grounds are to be laid out in firat-class atyle, and four or five Europeans are at present employed on their improvement and laying out. The dwelling is approached from the carriageway in Willoughbystreet, and the private way leading out of Bailliestreet, the same road likewise leading to the residence of Mr. Commissioner Mackay adjoining. The building haa been put up by Mr. Thorpe, the builder of Mr. Maclsay'3 residence, which is a sufficient guarantee of the excellence of the workmanship and superior finish of the building. The painting, varnishiug, and decorating was undertaken by Mr. W. G-. Hibble, and we have seldom seen work more perfectly turned out of any tradesman's hands, or better material employed. The entrance hall at once affords the visitor some idea of the superiority of the dwelling. It is papered a marble pattern, and varnished in the best style with woodwork of ground oak to match, The ceilings throughout are of polished kauri, with elaborately ornamented cornices and marble skirtings to match the ceilings. The rooms are fitted with register grates, which greatly improve their appearance, and bells communicating into the kitchen are supplied to each room and to the entrauce hall. The drawing and diningrooms are papered with white and gold paper of a moat expensive pattern, selected by Taipari regardless of cost. There are three French casements in each : tbe ceiliDgs are varnished kturi with ornamental cornices and panels, as we have before stated, with ornamental marble mantelpieces. One of the bedrooms is to be supplied with a mottled kauri boudoir, aud the most costly furniture, in anticipation of a visit from H. R.H. the Duke of Edinburgh, whom Taipari purposes entertaining should he remaia at the Thames over night. Both are elaborately furnished, with dressing and bathrooms attached. There is likewise a library and office leading from the side verandah, and the kitohen is supplied with one of the largest-sized cooking ranges imported. There are alio servants' room, pantry, &c. Too much credit cannot be given to Tafpari for his taste in these matters, and the liberality he displays in circulating the revenue derived from the pakehai since the opening of the goldfield. Taipari now possesses no lees than five good-sized dwellings, all of which he has erected since the field was opened. One of these is occupied by hie father, Hoterene, and another by his daughter. His present residence was removed from the old site to admit of tbe new one just' completed, and was at the same time greatly enlarged. On. Monday, Taipari prooeeds to Auckland, accompanied by the builder of the house, to select carpeting, furniture, &c , suitable for such a stylish dwelling. The grounds, which are studded with trees and plants, are to be greatly ornamented, and are surrounded by patent wire fencing, which extends to the ground surrounding Mr. Commissioner Mack»y's house.— Advertiser '<

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TAIPARI'S NEW RESIDENCE. Daily Southern Cross, Volume XXV, Issue 3666, 19 April 1869

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