John Verge, The Treaty House, Waitangi, New Zealand

Probably one of my favourite buildings by John Verge in the Greek Revival style, the weatherboard Treaty House at Waitangi in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand. The house was designed by Verge and pre-fabricated in Sydney from Australian hardwood. Commissioned in 1833 for James Busby, British resident in New Zealand. The New South Wales governor thought Verge's original plan too extravagant and had the design reduced by colonial architect Ambrose Hallen. 

The original design had a verandah returning around the sides & covered walkway to the kitchen and stores at the back, similar to Tempe House. One can only speculate that Verge's own house at Lyndhurst Vale near Dungog NSW was of a similar design and construction, the property still exists but alas only a modern brick home on it, that is another research I am looking forward to.

I have included a picture of Tempe House, the only other single story building by Verge known to exist. (though of brick and stone construction), in order to gain a sense of what might have been. Treaty House is however a wonderful and unusual building and having been restored beautifully is well worth a visit. waitangi.org.nz