My dad grew up in this house in the 1920's .
I last visited it in 2007 , sad to say it has seen considerable deterioration since then.
In talking with the son of the present owners the house has been offered to the Leeston Historic Society as well as the local fire brigade - the latter of course would be a sad end to one of the towns oldest buildings.
Dads father fought in WW1 and was one of the lucky ones to make it home although his health and lungs were irreparable damaged - he died when Dad was just four.
He was a Mason (the lodge is still across the road) and according to a newspaper article I have from the time of his death fondly remembered as a kind and generous soul - if my dad was anything to go by I don't doubt it. It feels a little shabby that the town should consider torching his home.
In Auckland this would go for over a million in Ponsonby as an ideal family home for someone with DIY skills.