Pah Homestead
The Pah Homestead is a historic stately home located in the Auckland suburb of Hillsborough in New Zealand. It is currently being restored by the Auckland City Council, which owns it, as part of its plans to develop the surrounding Monte Cecilia Park into a premier park for the city.

History
The homestead was built between 1877 and 1879 as Auckland businessman James Williamson's "gentleman's residence" and was one of the largest and finest homes in Auckland at that time. The tree-lined drive to Pah Road remains largely intact, although parts of it now run through private properties adjoining the proposed park. The grounds include some of the finest exotic trees in Auckland and there are views to the Manukau Harbour and to One Tree Hill. The original 162 ha property was purchased from MÄori by early Auckland settler and land dealer William Hart in 1843. It was sold to Thomas Russell in 1870, before James Williamson purchased it and built The Pah as a private home. The homestead itself remains largely as it was built, with almost all of its original door and window joinery, elaborate ceiling roses, parquet floors and marble fireplaces intact. It is better known today as the Monte Cecilia House and at various times has served as an orphanage, a novitiate house and boarding school. After Williamson's death in 1888, the lavish establishment was taken over by the Bank of New Zealand and leased to the Anglican church, and was purchased by the Sisters of Mercy in 1913. More recently, Monte Cecilia House was used as a temporary residence for the homeless and new immigrants, but this operation has been relocated to new premises in Mangere. Surrounding the park are various established uses including Monte Cecilia Primary School, the Franciscan's Friary, Marcellin College, Roskill Masonic Hospital, Liston Village including the historic Pah Stables. In September 2002 Pah Homestead was purchased by the Auckland City Council as part of council plans to develop the surrounding estate into a premier park for the city, Monte Cecilia Park. The council developed a heritage conservation plan, an archaeological and geophysical assessment and a cultural heritage overview for Whataroa Pa. A landscape history and tree assessment were produced to help better understand the MÄori and European heritage of the site.

Restoration
The council upgraded the Pah Homestead roof as part of its commitment to protecting and preserving heritage buildings in Auckland city. The restoration involved weatherproofing, reinforcing the structure of the roof and some seismic upgrading. The council selected materials matching the original roof like English slate tiles and rolled lead. Auckland City worked with other groups and organisations like New Zealand Historic Places Trust and specialist heritage architects Matthews & Matthews Architects Ltd. to ensure the renovation is of a high standard. These works were undertaken by NZ Strong Construction, an Auckland construction company specializing in unique projects such as this. Refurbishment of exterior joinery and façade is now completed, with drainage works and fire protection undertaken to prevent further deterioration of the building. The building now houses the James Wallace Art Trust's collection of New Zealand art, which is valued at NZ$50 million. Called the TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, it opened to the public in August 2010.