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10 Coldstream Ct. Coldstream Lodge. Heathcote Helmore.

A little elderly and big for our tastes, but interesting nonetheless: hotelier Earl Hagman’s Coldstream Lodge was built in 1935, but remodeled in the international modernist style by Heathcote Helmore for the Ballantyne family in the 1940s.

Sketch by Rodney Wells

The house was used on many occasions under Ballantyne ownership to give concerts. Noel Coward, Fay Compton, Lily Kraus and others performed there. The Ballantynes lived at Coldstream lodge when the 1947 Ballantynes department store fire broke out. Shortly thereafter the property was sold to Clarrie Rhodes Рa successful businessman, racehorse breeder & 2 time winner of the NZ Cup - who subdivided, and sold the new Coldstream Court to Sir Robertson Stewart in 1970.

Originally built in 1935, it was rebuilt to plans drawn up by Heathcote Helmore to be a 790sq m home featuring hot water radiators, a concrete foundation, a black and white marble staircase and an 80sq m entertainment room. Coldstream was sold around 1989 to some people with big dobermans and Mercedes cars.

Once again, thanks to Vic for the tip.

2 Responses to “10 Coldstream Ct. Coldstream Lodge. Heathcote Helmore.”

  1. Fi Johnstone Says:

    Coldstream has a niche in the history of NZ. Duncan Galletly wrote of Irene Ballantyne (nee Edmonds) who raised family, employed staff and entertained there. She printed a cook book for charity in 1937 for St Saviour’s Orphanage Fair which is delicious for its culinary heritage and worldly influence. Galletly says that Irene wrote ‘Society is divided into two classes, the actors and the audience. That is to say, there are people with a flair for entertaining; there are those with a flair for being entertained.’ She then proceeded to entertain her readers with her ideas on informality and ease, whilst being precise about what to serve, how and when.

    Whilst this building might be ‘elderly for your tastes’ and the extensive 1930′s style out of reach for most (remember the Depression?) the kitchen was the core of this home, as in many others. Modern in it’s time (it is interesting to compare it with Margarete Schutte-Lihotzky’s 1930′s kitchen efficiency) it also accommodated a generosity of scale and planning, ready to receive, store, wash, cook and serve farm produce with minimum fuss and economy. For example, the unrefrigerated wall safe and large larder located by the sink.

    I note from Galletly’s article that Helmore studied under Lutyens, and that Amelia Earhart, Noel Coward, the young Yehudi Menuhin, and Todd Duncan also performed in the music room at Coldstream. This was a sophisticated home that welcomed excellence in whatever guise and race, extended by dedicated local philanthropy. The gardeners name – Tom Carlton, and that of one of the cooks – a Mrs Worsely – has also been recorded by Galletly, along with two exquisite photographs of the kitchen as it was when new. The full article, and a transcription of Irene’s recipes and hostess advice, can be found in The Aristologist, Number 1 (An Antipodean Journal of Food History), edited by D Galletly, published 2011 by Kawhiti House. If you like houses, like food, like entertaining and history, I recommend it. A house ain’t only about the architecture: how it functions has as much interest to me. Regards (and thanks for creating this site) from Fi.

  2. Steve Flora Says:

    Hello,
    I am involved in an extensive research project connecting to the Edmonds family of Christchurch … one of whose daughters was Irene Victoria (Edmonds) Ballantyne.

    I have found the above brief article very interesting as until recently I had known very little of Irene Ballantyne’s personal history post 1920s. She studied violin not only while in school in Christchurch, but also in Sydney, London and San Francisco at various times.

    I would be very interested in hearing from anyone who has documents or other information to share regarding the family.

    Regards, Steve Flora … Canberra, Australia floras@netspeed.com.au

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