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Post History of Antonio Hall
on: December 18, 2011, 06:06
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Thomas Kincaid, the first owner of Antonio Hall, was my great great granduncle. His brother Andrew, with whom he was in business (Kincaids GIC), is my great great grandfather. Andrew has other descendants, living in Christchurch. It is distressing to see how neglect got to the property before the earthquake did. Who are the current owners? The Liusettis? How long has it been unoccupied?
Best wishes. Many thanks for creating this place where people can talk.
Andrew Kincaid, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman.

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Post Re: History of Antonio Hall
on: December 18, 2011, 20:02
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Hi Andrew, and thanks for signing up. The current owners are based in Taiwon and we are not sure of their plans for the property but are grateful they have allowed us to start cleaning it up. Most of the building has been unoccupied probably since the early 90's when it was sold by the Luisettis, although a music school was run in the main house for some time. The main house was occupied up until the collapse caused by the February earthquake.

It's a great shame that so much space is sitting unused (and without significant work fairly unusable) especially with the current shortage of venues in Christchurch.

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Post Re: History of Antonio Hall
on: March 9, 2012, 20:03
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Hi Guys, My Nana is Veronica Luisetti, previous owner of this property. Sadly Nana passed away in December 2011. However in January 2011 the (then) current 'tennant''Sam Yau allowed us to walk through the property. I have a lot of photos from Nana's time at the property as well as from January 2011 and some from straight after the Feb 2011 Earthquake.

I spent a lot of time November/December 2010 researching the property and have made contact with a few lads who attended school when the building was used as the Seminary. All have very fond memories of Antonio House and some pretty wicked stories, as I do, too. I spent a lot of time here as a child and my Mother also worked here for a time as well.

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Post Re: History of Antonio Hall
on: March 10, 2012, 11:25
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Hi and welcome! Most of us have only been involved since late last year and we know very little about the Hall during the period your Nana owned it. Please feel free to share 🙂

One big question I personally have is - according to our information Antonio was the name of Mrs Luisetti's deceased son (would have been your uncle I guess). Not wanting to pry the scab off a family tragedy but I can't help but be curious about the circumstances.

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Post Re: History of Antonio Hall
on: March 11, 2012, 19:33
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Yes that is correct. Nana lost a son back in January 1975, car addcident near the old styx mill over bridge, in Belfast (I think?). His name was Anthony and he was 19 at the time. The property was Campion Hall when Nana purchased it and she re named it Antonio Hall, later re naming it Antonio House. To which it was known as up until she sold the property in the mid 90's. - Happy to answer any questions anyone may have. 🙂

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Post Re: History of Antonio Hall
on: March 12, 2012, 10:55
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Thanks, that's a major mystery resolved 🙂 Of course it's still effectively known as Antonio Hall thanks to the sign down the shops end - although apparently the Historic Places trust do have it right on their rather than having made a mistake in the entry as one version of events has it. It sadly has never come back into use to acquire any other name.

Hopefully a few other people will chime in with questions - I'm still processing the new information from your photos in the other thread 🙂

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Post Re: History of Antonio Hall
on: March 3, 2013, 00:25
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Andrew, do you or did you live in Sydney or Melbourne by any chance? Andrew Kincaid is my great great grandfather as well 🙂 His son Leatham was my grandmother's father...

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Post Re: History of Antonio Hall
on: March 13, 2013, 16:10
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Jodie, Are you a daughter of Tom and Valma Kincaid? Please send me your email address to andrew.kincaid@bigpond.com

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Post Re: History of Antonio Hall
on: December 30, 2014, 09:47
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With the current owners in Taiwan do you know if they have been paid out EQC funds and if they have what they have done with them? It is heartbreaking driving past this property to work everyday seeing it deteriorate!

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Post Re: History of Antonio Hall
on: December 31, 2014, 12:28
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Hi Angela 🙂 Unfortunately since the ultimate intent of the owners seems to be seeing the site cleared for development they have no interest in maintaining the buildings and had no insurance eligible for EQC 🙁

We agree with the heartbreaking bit and do hold working bees every so often to slow it down a bit - I can add you to the mailing list we use to co-ordinate these if you would like 🙂

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