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19 Poynder Ave. A R Blank House. Warren & Mahoney.

Nov 05, 2008

An unusual Warren & Mahoney design in red brick for the enigmatically named Mr Blank. This early 60s home is one of the rare Miles Warren ‘woolsheds’ before he latched on to the more distinctive ‘stable’ form. Curiously the rear of the house is elevated for no apparent reason.

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35 Leinster Rd. McLachlan House. Don Cowey.

Oct 26, 2008

Don typically favoured gently mono-pitched roofs for his hillside homes, but on this flat site he went for a taller roof style – later appropriated by the Pizza Hut family restaurant chain. It enables a mezzanine level accessed via a neat, integrated brick stairway above the fireplace and sunken ‘sitting well’.

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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.

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2 Hilltop Ln. M J W Davis House. Warren & Mahoney.

Sep 04, 2008

Hello 1961. This has to be one of Christchurch’s nicest houses and departed from the trademark steep pitch Warren & Mahoney gables in response to the Hill site. Split levels separate living and sleeping areas using king-size double chimneys and a central staircase to great effect.

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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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Carlton Mill. Trengrove and Blunt.

Aug 14, 2008

Richard Blunt designed symmetrical pavillions and window box are superb. It’s a primo location down by the Avon and shares the river bank with Peter Beaven’s family House, Warren & Mahoney’s Carlton Mill Flats and a nice, newer number from Wilson & Hill.

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Carlton Mill Road Flats. Warren & Mahoney.

Aug 13, 2008

Following on from the Dorset Street project, Warren & Mahoney produced a number of blocks of flats along similar lines including the nearby Carlton Mill. These low-rise structures were all constructed in the same vocabulary of load-bearing concrete block and exposed in-situ concrete.

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Millbank Lane. Family House. Peter Beaven.

Aug 11, 2008

This beautiful “little house’ was designed by Peter Beaven for himself and his young family in 1962 – although they never moved in. Sited at the end of Millbank Lane at Carlton Mill, it sits on the bank of the Avon River opposite Hagley Park. The 3 bedroom house has been sympathetically updated over the years without losing any of its enduring appeal. A special house.

…continue reading Millbank Lane. Family House. Peter Beaven.