Mona Vale is a gracious Revival style homestead and a well-known landmark in Christchurch. Built largely of unreinforced masonry, it suffered badly in the earthquakes.
The task to repair and rebuild was substantial. Walls were deconstructed and bricks labelled one by one, to be re-laid over a new strengthened structure, with the whole tied together by four portal frames that also formed the rebuilt chimneys. It sounds simple, but the scale and complexity of such a painstaking task highlights the integrity with which this project was undertaken.