This home was built in 1945 by the former Mayor of Mt Roskill Borough (1953–1974) Keith Hay. ‘Keith the builder’ was a successful businessman with a 42-year-long parallel career in local politics. After just one term in council, Hay was elected mayor in 1953.
He was influential in making cheaper building materials such as native pine permissible, and a supporter of low-cost housing initiatives in the area. Under Hay’s entrepreneurial leadership, the council improved basic amenities and the semi-rural district of Mt Roskill grew to become the country’s largest borough.
Several additions and alterations were made to the Hay home in the 1950s, including the addition of a second storey. In 1977, Hay’s house was transferred to the Zion Bible Training Centre and further modifications were made. In 1985 it was used by Rodney Funeral Home Ltd and then later, the Salvation Army. The house was sold to a private owner in 2002.