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8 Grange St. Dobson House. George Lucking.

Sep 28, 2008

Well documented in Douglas Lloyd Jenkins’ At Home, the Dobson House was designed for a doctor and his family. The living area downstairs is dominated by an elegant central brick fireplace, adjacent are formal dining and sitting rooms. Also downstairs is Dr Dobson’s consulting room.

…continue reading 8 Grange St. Dobson House. George Lucking.

110 Hunstbury Ave. I G B Wilson House. Miles Warren.

Sep 28, 2008

Another very early Warren and Mahoney house in a similar vain to the flat-roofed Uren House. Designed by Miles for friend and Structural Engineer Ian Wilson during the building of the Dorset St Flats and built in 1960.

…continue reading 110 Hunstbury Ave. I G B Wilson House. Miles Warren.

Tonbridge Mews. Peter Beaven.

Sep 28, 2008

Peter Beaven’s 1974 attempt at ‘village living’ is a good one and still looks tight. He avoids the repetition and uniformity of typical townhouses by varying the design of each home. Porthole windows and intersecting rooflines add some fun.

…continue reading Tonbridge Mews. Peter Beaven.

6 Gwynfa Ave. Architect Unknown.

Sep 28, 2008

Believed to have been designed by a young architect trained at Warren and Mahoney, this compact 1970s modernist home sticks to the Bauhaus basics. Three staggered boxes – sleeping, eating, living – make the most of a small footprint. It’s simple and it works.

…continue reading 6 Gwynfa Ave. Architect Unknown.

14 Holliss Ave. Dr W Walshe House. Warren & Mahoney.

Sep 28, 2008

A variant on the Pixie House theme, this one designed in 1970, with a pyramid roof rather than the typical steep pitch gables. Aside from the more conventional roofline, all the Warren & Mahoney 1960s hallmarks are present: white concrete blocks, contrasting grey and rust-red windows.

…continue reading 14 Holliss Ave. Dr W Walshe House. Warren & Mahoney.

22 Chepstow Ave. K Uren House. Warren & Mahoney.

Sep 25, 2008

A very early example and supposedly the eighth Warren & Mahoney house built. Known as the K. Uren House, small but perfectly formed with lots of architecture in a small package, just the way we like it.

…continue reading 22 Chepstow Ave. K Uren House. Warren & Mahoney.

2 Moncks Spur Rd. Barton House. Walter Linton.

Sep 24, 2008

Sitting right on the end of a volcanic spur and overlooking the estuary of the Avon and Heathcote, this wee ripper was built in 1957 and designed by Walter Linton. Perched precariously above Main Road, it’s one of Christchurch’s most well-known houses

…continue reading 2 Moncks Spur Rd. Barton House. Walter Linton.

14 Gleneagles Tce. Pascoe and Linton.

Sep 21, 2008

This beautifully preserved house was created by the partnership of Paul Pascoe and Walter Linton. For more information call 0800 DC3 FLY. Incidentally, one of the neighbours is a very well concealed George Lucking designed house at number 10.

…continue reading 14 Gleneagles Tce. Pascoe and Linton.

30 Bayview Rd. Jensen House. Don Donnithorne.

Sep 21, 2008

Our first house from the Bays and a humdinger at that. Don’s houses never seem to bother with being too clever and therein lies their appeal: simple design, good materials and quite often brown. Click through for some great archival pics.

…continue reading 30 Bayview Rd. Jensen House. Don Donnithorne.

59 Perth St. Unknown Architect.

Sep 17, 2008

Another submission, this time from Thomas who likes this house because it ‘addresses the street’. Rather than hiding behind a fence, it adds nicely to the streetscape. Two doors down is a more recent interpretation of the same idea by Stephen Fitzgerald.

…continue reading 59 Perth St. Unknown Architect.

100 Office Rd. Warren & Mahoney

Sep 17, 2008

Yes, more Warren & Mahoney white concrete block townhouses from the 60s. This pair look particularly crisp and well cared for. There’s a lot of imitators, some good, some not so, but the originals always look the best. The dark-painted concrete lintel over the lower doors is superb.

…continue reading 100 Office Rd. Warren & Mahoney

97 Dyers Pass Rd. Stewart Minson.

Sep 14, 2008

Our first request from the ‘Tip us off ‘ section “Great 1950′s house. Was renovated in 90′s with aluminium joinery and maroon block wall, but still in good condition.” Thanks for the tip Annabel.

…continue reading 97 Dyers Pass Rd. Stewart Minson.