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15a Garden Rd. Peter Beaven.

Sep 01, 2015

Oh dear. This abandoned, sad-looking orphan was once a striking, modern home with a mix of vertical and horizontal timber weatherboards and a great big Oamaru stone fireplace at its heart. C’mon, look into those big, pleading eyes (or windows) and say it’s not worth saving!?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

216 Centaurus Rd. Tony Athfield House. Ian Athfield.

Jul 01, 2012

Now heavily disguised as a shitty, faux-Med house and hiding right under our noses is this very early Athfield design, sketched for his brother in 1963 whilst Ath was studying in Auckland. To see it today, painted yellow with a second storey and portico, causes acute intestinal gas.

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100 Office Road. Warren & Mahoney. For Sale.

Jul 19, 2011

We don’t normally do real estate listings, but why not?
This townhouse is particularly good; designed around ’66 and renovated nicely in the noughties by Warren & Mahoney’s Richard McGowan (please contact Richard directly with any questions regarding the chequer plate stair treads). The building feels like the perfect prototype (and archetype) of the modern Christchurch inner-city home: beautiful and efficient in materials and design. At the open home make sure to say loudly, “mmm, very Miles”.

235 Mount Pleasant Rd. Boulton House. Pascoe, Linton.

Feb 16, 2011

Two houses overlooking the Estuary. The brief was for “two bedroom apartments suitable for retired couples”. Not wildly exciting, but the architects did a pretty good job in comparison to the vomitous ‘over 60s’ duplex buildings scattered all over Christchurch.

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31 Joyce Cr. GL Nicoll House. Hall & Mackenzie.

Feb 16, 2011

A little winner at the end of a suburban culdesac by the most excellent Hall & Mackenzie. Tricky to photograph (on a phone, under some bushes), but rest-assured this an original condition, stream-side gem.

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17 Michael Ave. Langley House. Warren & Mahoney.

Dec 11, 2010

On the flat, the W&M roofs were steep and the chimneys monumentally tall. Here on the hillside, this 1965 house is low, boxy and clad in timber. The full width concrete balustrade is pretty tasty and a nice link to W&Ms more brutalist, commercial work..

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843 Cashmere Rd. Walker House. Cowey & McGregor.

Nov 12, 2010

A well hidden gem up on the Cashmere hills designed for a Lincoln University Professor and his wife. It’s a killer house and unusual for Christchurch with it’s extensive use of glass and steel influenced by the American Case Study Houses. Excellent stuff.

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5 Karitane Pl. Thomson House. Warren & Mahoney.

Oct 09, 2010

The story goes that Mrs Thomson participated in a ‘House and Garden’ course in 1966. One of the speakers was a young Miles Warren who made quite an impression and two years later designed this ‘English cottage’ for the young couple. Inside it’s by far the best preserved of the 1960s W&M houses and features pyramidal timber ceilings; split level living and a great fairface concrete fireplace. The nice garage studio was later added by David Brocherie.

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