Old Cromwell Inc will open the doors of its recently renovated McNulty House on Sunday, to show the public the stunning transformation that has been achieved.
In addition to the open doors from 10am-2pm there will be a silent auction from 10am-12.30pm followed by a live auction at noon on site.
The auctions have been organised by Harcourts Cromwell, and staff also approached businesses to provide goods and experiences to help the society raise money to finish the project.
Lots include a tour of Parliament and a meal for two at Bellamy’s Restaurant with MP Jacqui Dean, an overnight trip for two to Doubtful Sound, accommodation, wine, adventure or pampering packages, artwork, donated goods, handyman’s labour, and the Akaroa Cooking School will cook dinner for six to eight people.
Sales manager Peter Bennetts said they had offered to organise the auction and hold it in March last year, but lockdown prevented that.
‘‘We are just one of many people pulling together to raise funds for the worthy cause.
‘‘Our history of our town is very important for the younger generation coming through.’’
Old Cromwell Inc chairwoman Helen Scoles said they did not have a target, and money raised would be used to complete renovations.
‘‘It will also be the first time for people to see behind the stone walls,’’ she said.
Architect Jess Sutherland oversaw the interior design to ensure it was in keeping with the age of the building, which was built in the late 1800s.
Board member Pat Johnston said even the new stone posts for the property’s gates were recycled from the house’s original chimney stones.
The chimneys were removed as part of the earthquake strengthening .
The official house opening will be later in the year and the rooms will be available for hire for meetings or exhibitions.
The original high ceiling was exposed and restored after the newer lower ceiling was removed.
The wooden flooring was replaced and there were new chandeliers, brass door fittings, a copper doorstep and copper chimney pots.
In addition, an original archway had been kept and a perspex sheet was put over a panel to show the original wall lining and scrim.