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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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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”.

297 Cannon Hill Cr. Architect Unknown.

Oct 31, 2010

Underneath the pergola, rooftop solar panels and various TV aerials might just be a very nicely designed home sitting up on top of Mount Pleasant. It would be interesting to see it without the ‘flair’, but it feels much like the work of Minson, Henning Hansen.

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9 Cracroft Tce. Poore House. Minson, Henning-Hansen.

Sep 26, 2010

Great weather over the weekend, perfect for peeking over fences and spotting this T-shape beauty up on the Cashmere Hills. The solid garage door doesn’t feel right, but it’s a remarkably intact, well cared for original home.

…continue reading 9 Cracroft Tce. Poore House. Minson, Henning-Hansen.

104 Rossall St. John Brown Flats. Warren & Mahoney.

Feb 11, 2010

Dean sent in these pics of his new flat. A late 60s design in classic early W&M style: concrete block with rimu and meranti timber detailing. Dean has done a nice job inside and needs to club the body corporate like baby seals until they return the exterior to crisp white.

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22 Garden Rd. R L Ronaldson House. Warren & Mahoney.

Aug 02, 2009

We love Pixie houses (almost as much as Justin) and it’s been a while since we featured one. The home was mentioned in Home & Building in 1963 saying, “how sensitively it is possible to unite home and garden”. Bafflingly, the garden has been replaced with a pool, which due to the Christchurch climate acts for the most part of the year as a hole full of water.

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19 McDougall Ave. Hobbs House. Lawry and Sellars.

Jul 11, 2009

Designed to give maximum sun to as many rooms as possible, this concrete block and weatherboard design featured in the Christchurch Art Gallery Group Show, November 1963. Originally the blocks were painted white, but on the whole the home is well-preserved and still looks smart.

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23 Desmond St. Mackenzie House. Hall & Mackenzie.

Jun 14, 2009

Keith Mackenzie’s own home built in 1961, showing the delicate skills of this much underrated firm. Hall & Mackenzie were former partners of Paul Pascoe and lead designers of the University of Canterbury’s formidable Registry building.

…continue reading 23 Desmond St. Mackenzie House. Hall & Mackenzie.

59 Cox St. R C Webb Flats. Warren & Mahoney.

Apr 19, 2009

Very precise set of four townhouses in unpainted concrete block and 45 degree pitched roofs. Amazingly, they seem relatively unmolested and have a striking street presence.

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19 Jacksons Rd. R W Smart House. Warren & Mahoney.

Mar 16, 2009

There’s a lot to like about this submission in Fendalton with its crisp graphic lines and startled panda-eye windows.

Nice pyramid roof forms, a departure from the earlier Pixies. We’ll take it, sans Subaru.

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20 Webb St. Sellars House. Lawry and Sellars.

Nov 23, 2008

Guy Sellars’ own home designed in 1954. Guy and his wife still live here and he continues to practice as an architect into his 80th year. In 2008 won a local NZIA award for this house designed for his son.

…continue reading 20 Webb St. Sellars House. Lawry and Sellars.

63 Papanui Rd. J J Connor flats. Warren & Mahoney.

Nov 11, 2008

Built in 1961, this small block of four flats is looking sad and defeated, but behind the trees and faded paint are the remnants of great architecture. Nice big deep concrete beams and a great chimney. Dear owner, please sort it out.

…continue reading 63 Papanui Rd. J J Connor flats. Warren & Mahoney.