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31 Newbridge Pl. Messervy House. Allan Mitchener.

Dec 14, 2014

This house is FOR RENT. Just saying.  It sits at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, in a pocket of what must be the city’s highest concentration of homes in the Christchurch Style, yet Mitchener’s 1964 design stands apart as a great example of the breed and one of Christchurch’s best small houses of the time.

…continue reading 31 Newbridge Pl. Messervy House. Allan Mitchener.

London N6. Tile Kiln Studios. Peter Beaven.

Sep 22, 2014

Peter Beaven was never conventional: in 1975, aged 50, he disbanded his successful Christchurch practice, packed a suitcase and moved to London where he worked alone from a bedsit. During that time he designed these six houses in the Christchurch Style, evolving ideas he developed a decade earlier in Christchurch’s Tonbridge Mews and Wellington’s Habitat Housing. Bravo.

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60 Panorama Rd. Flint House. Ernest Kalnins.

Sep 10, 2014

Ernest Kalnins is a man for whom we have scant information. He was an Austrian designer, artist and (non-registered) architect who designed this family home on upper Clifton Hill for Dulcie and Tom Flint, owners of a large Stationery shop on Manchester Street. In the 60s, the top of Clifton Hill was a sparsely populated, almost agricultural, bohemian suburb with some of the best views in Christchurch.

…continue reading 60 Panorama Rd. Flint House. Ernest Kalnins.

Conway Flats. Wilding Farmhouse. R D Harman.

Apr 28, 2014

Huh? A 1937 reinforced concrete farmhouse with clear Corbusian and Bauhaus influences, hidden on the coast south of Kaikora? The Wilding property, now an Angus beef farmstead called Te Mania, was built by some pretty hip graziers.

45 Chepstow Ave. Willis House. Gavin Willis.

Mar 06, 2014

Gavin Willis is an architect still active in Christchurch. He designed this house for himself back in the 60s and still lives here. It’s a crisp, modernist Scandinavian-style family house, clearly much-loved and a great, intact example of the Christchurch Style. The design owes a lot to Miles Warren and W&M, but if you’re going to steal, you may as well steal from the best.

…continue reading 45 Chepstow Ave. Willis House. Gavin Willis.

895 Cashmere Rd. GH Gould House. Warren & Mahoney.

Oct 06, 2013

This is the second house S’Miles designed for his buddy Garth Gould on a sunny spot above Halswell Quarry. The first house, its neighbour, was sold and subsequently messed with quite a bit, but this one is very original (kitchen and family room aside) with lots of good W&M detail. Garth talks about the old days below.

55 Orr Crescent. MJ Foster House. Warren & Mahoney.

Jun 04, 2013

Turns out, there’s a little bit of Miles in the Hutt. For Wellingtonians who like a little Christchurch Modern, we present the first MJ Foster House – five years before going the whole hog in Havelock North, MJ commissioned this Lower Hutt pixie as a test run.

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20 Connolly St Geraldine. Stafford House. Beaven & Heaney.

Feb 10, 2013

After returning from Japan, and prior to moving back to Christchurch in 1956, Peter was in partnership with Robert A. Heaney in Timaru. This is the first house we’ve seen of the partnership – they were recent graduates and mostly designed woolstores – and places it as early-to-mid 1950s.

…continue reading 20 Connolly St Geraldine. Stafford House. Beaven & Heaney.

24 Macmillan Ave. Griffiths, Moffat & Partners.

Feb 02, 2013

A good house, essentially untouched since the 1950s, is hard to find. And this simple, low-pitched number is an understated treasure with a great view. Air the place out, sell the chandeliers, reinstate the fireplace, and move right in.

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5 Westenra Tce. Architect Unknown.

Feb 02, 2013

Straight from the 70s Warren & Mahoney style book – white concrete block, recessed square windows and deep concrete beams. Is it the real deal? Perhaps a junior W&M designer taking a job on the side? Or a colleague’s flattering tribute to the Cambridge Tce studio?

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9 Fitz Place. Bayliss House. Allan Mitchener.

Jan 27, 2013

Jackpot. Hiding in the bushes, just down the road from Lincoln University’s wonderful Corbusian Hilgendorf Building, is this certified peach. Everything we see by Allan Mitchener is good, the problem is we don’t see enough. We know he worked in Christchurch, designed the wonderful Le Bons Bay church moved north, taught at Auckland University, but that’s it. Who knows more? Commenting is free this month.

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34b Creyke Rd. Don Donnithorne.

Oct 24, 2012

The remarkable thing about this home is not so much the design (which is good), but the condition. Since 1953, it’s had nothing but a light feather dusting. The original owners are moving on, so if you fancy a slice of post-war optimism and one of Don D’s very first designs, shake a leg.

…continue reading 34b Creyke Rd. Don Donnithorne.