Potter Cottage

William Potter, Attributed to

1854
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Maker and Role
William Potter, Attributed to
Production Date
1854
Description
This stone house was built in Manukau Road by William Potter, but neither he nor his immediate family ever lived in it. The building was constructed on Potter's farm, known in the area as 'Potter's Paddock'. The front wall of the house was built of squared stones of basalt while the other walls were made from rubble and lime mortar. The walls are about 350 mm thick. The hipped roof is made of slate and the floor is kauri timber.
The original cottage had 2 rooms with a sash window on either side of the front door. Immediately below was an excavated cellar, the same size as the cottage and with plenty of headroom. A tiny window high up in one corner lighted this. At a later date, a double storey wooden addition with a staircase was built at the back, but this was removed when the cottage was shifted to MOTAT.

As of 2004 (the time the photos were taken) there is no guttering. In January 2015, plastic guttering was replaced with metal guttering. See attached photo of cottage before the new metal guttering was fully installed.
Collection
Media/Materials
Inorganic/Stone
Organic/Vegetal/Wood/Kauri
Processed Material/Metal
Processed Material/Glass
Accession No
1969.408
Credit Line
William Potter. 1854. Potter Cottage, 1969.408. The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).
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