Frank Sargeson's Bach

14 Esmonde Road, Takapuna
Takapuna, Auckland
Frank Sargeson lived in this fibrolite bach from 1931 to 1982. He also wrote most of his work here and entertained literary friends.

A famous live-in guest was Janet Frame. From 1955 to 1956 in a short but significant stay, she wrote her first novel "Owls Do Cry". She lived and worked in a now-demolished small army hut behind the house.

The key is available from the Takapuna Public Library.

From an architectural standpoint "the bach is considered as a precursor to the work of the Group." (not to be confused with the Christchurch artists Group, the architects group is known for the attempt by young graduates to establish a vernacular architecture in the years following the second World War. They are the subject of a book by Julia Gatley)

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