Story: Taranaki region

Beehive house, 1957

Edgar Roy Brewster shows visitors around his beehive house, in which all design elements were hexagonal, and even a print of the 'Mona Lisa' hung in a six-sided frame. Brewster built the house at Sanders Avenue, New Plymouth, in 1947, and over the next two decades it hosted more than a quarter of a million visitors. The house was called Norian, a name based on the phrase 'no right angles'. Brewster dismantled the building after selling the land on which it was sited in 1966.

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Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: Pictorial Parade 67. National Film Unit, 1957

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Ron Lambert, 'Taranaki region - Arts and heritage', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/25350/beehive-house-1957 (accessed 20 May 2019)

Story by Ron Lambert, updated 1 Aug 2015