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We're not architects, we're not historians and we don't know much about anything. However we do like modern houses and Christchurch is a great place for them.
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27 Cannon Hill Cr. L J Beatty House. Warren & Mahoney.

Aug 31, 2008

Despite being dipped in Twink, the Beatty house of 1961 is a glorious display of Warren & Mahoney’s unmistakable style. The garage and rooms above were a later addition with the help of Sir Miles.

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4 Michael Ave. Architect Unknown.

Aug 30, 2008

This one caught me by surprise on a journey to my location further up the hill. Peering in the window gave a glimpse of all the original fittings and fixtures. It also nearly gave me 4 years for trespassing and invasion of privacy.

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69 Hansons Ln. Platt House. G D Griffiths.

Aug 28, 2008

Designed by Griffiths in 1957 for Dr W M Platts. We know nothing about the architect or the dog. The original tiled roof has been replaced and some white paint splashed around, but otherwise she looks pretty good.

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Nicholas Kennedy.

Holger Henning Hansen

Don Cowey

32 Creyke Rd. Sherris House. G D Griffiths.

Aug 26, 2008

Not much known about this little ripper designed in 1960. G D Griffiths pops up a couple of times in archive references, but we don’t even know his first name. Let’s just say it’s Gary his name is George (thanks Peter Beaven).

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53 Beachville Road. Warren & Mahoney.

Aug 26, 2008

These cleverly designed seaside townhouses are built on a staggered footprint which means views for all and a communal cricket pitch. Six-and-out, electric wickets.

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41 Yaldhurst Rd. Donnithorne House & Studio.

Aug 24, 2008

Don Donnithorne built this wee gem for himself in 1952 and brought simple, Scandinavian architecture to Christchurch. The house and neighbouring studio are perfectly designed and the Lancia Zagato in the driveway is probably the coolest car in New Zealand. Hats off, Don.

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11 Braco Pl. Henning Hansen House.

Aug 24, 2008

Holger Henning-Hansen’s own home designed in 1958. Not much to see from the street except some blue outdoor furniture on loan from the Greek Islands.

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30 Newbridge Pl. Fletcher House. Hall & Mackenzie

Aug 24, 2008

Humphrey Hall desingned this Japanese influenced home for construction company owner John Fletcher. The home was built in 1964 as an advertisement for employing the services of an architect and the quality of good construction.

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100 Beachville Road. David Thornley.

Aug 24, 2008

An open letter to all Christchurch Modern home owners.

Please, please, please don’t park your Toyota Echo (or equivalent) in the driveway. This seemingly small, but selfish act compromises the photos and lowers the tone of the site.

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