Ritchie House, in Heriot Row, has been bought by St Hilda's
Collegiate School. Photo by Craig Baxter.
The St Hilda's Collegiate School Board of Proprietors has
bought a historic Heriot Row property to expand the school's
premises, but as yet, it has not been decided what it will be
Principal Melissa Bell said 26 Heriot Row - otherwise known
as Ritchie House - was for sale and the board bought it
because ''basically, it was too good an opportunity to pass
''It is in excellent condition, it's a large property and
very close to the school. We don't know what it will be used
for yet and we now have a group examining its potential use.
We are on a very tight site at St Hilda's and have to think
strategically in terms of property development.''
In the interim, she said the board would continue to rent the
property to the present tenants during 2014.
Mrs Bell did not disclose how much the school had paid for
the 0.1012ha property, but Dunedin City Council rates
information show it had a capital value of $930,000 and
Edinburgh Realty sales advertisements valued it at $1.65
The house was completed in 1914 and is one of Dunedin's
finest historical houses, situated in park-like grounds with
views of the city, hills and Otago Harbour.
It is one of 84 designed by architect Basil Hooper
(1876-1960) who specialised in ecclesiastical and domestic
architecture. He is also known for his designs of numerous
church halls, a private hospital, and a large number of
commercial and industrial buildings, many of which were built
The house was built for George Ritchie, the manager of the
National Mortgage and Agency Company, director of other
prominent businesses, and son of J.M. Ritchie, an important
business leader in colonial New Zealand, along with James
Mills, E.B. Cargill and William Larnach. The house has a
six-decade association with the Ritchie family.