‘Braemar’: Survivor

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‘Braemar’

Apparently ‘Braemar’ is the sole late-Victorian period house in Auckland’s central city area still in use as a residence.

Despite its blackened exterior, this is one of my favourite local buildings, with its gothic exterior architrave; the name proud above the arch; wrought iron fence; lace curtains; and the glow of a welcoming light within.

Believe me, there’s been an awful lot of crappy, inconsequential stuff erected around this baby since it was built.

It is a tenacious, grimy survivor and that is something I always admire – in people, and in anything that outlasts the others of its ilk.