PHOTO: STACY SQUIRES/STUFF The 118-year-old McLean’s Mansion on Manchester Street as it is today.

For the first time since the earthquakes left it crippled and precarious, McLean’s Mansion is busy with human activity again.

The 118-year-old 53-room timber mansion – one of the world’s largest timber homes and regarded as a Christchurch treasure – is at last in the first stages of repair.

It was only a few months ago that a breakthrough in negotiations allowed the Manchester St building to be sold to a charitable trust planning to reopen it as a major attraction for tourists and locals.


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