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18 Cannon Hill Cr. Griffiths, Moffat & Partners.

Jan 26, 2010

A tip-off and little bit of self-promotion from Rebecca who is selling her 1964 home and would love for it to go to a fellow enthusiast. The weatherboard exterior, large windows and low-pitched roof is more reminiscent of Auckland’s Group Architects, but the exposed internal concrete blockwork is pure Christchurch.

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47 Moncks Spur Rd. Redcliffs House. Peter Beaven.

Sep 13, 2009

This home is typically unorthodox and in keeping with Peter’s design at the time, similar in style and materials to his characterful Tonbridge Mews. The home is split over three levels accessed by a spiral wooden staircase that forms the spine of the building. Extensive timber detailing, arched doorways and eccentric touches like the large red hemispherical plastic window in the living area are all pure Beaven.

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19 Main Rd. Architect Unknown.

Jun 28, 2009

Unpainted concrete block is back in fashion, but it’s rare to see an original 70s home that’s avoided a Tuscan-themed makeover with aluminium joinery conservatory and alfresco deck & hot tub addition.

Bravo.

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7 James St. Stewart Minson.

Jun 20, 2009

Designed in 1951, this small 80 sq/m 2-bedroom house was commissioned by two elderly spinster sisters from Sumner. A surprising design solution for two women born in the late 19th century. For reasons unknown the sisters sold the house 4 years later and moved back to Sumner.

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52 Moncks Spur Rd. James Hanna.

Dec 01, 2008

Great looking, original 1970s house that seems to do it all pretty well. The eye-catching sawtooth roof creates lots of open space and light and the centrepiece stone fireplace oozes mid-century cool.

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4 Balmoral Lane. Architect Unknown.

Oct 12, 2008

Good lines and nice original condition make this 1960s house an easy selection. Incidentally, we’re offering a two week amnesty for all Christchurch Modern home owners to hand in their SkyTV satellite dishes – no questions asked.

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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

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38 Raekura Pl. Cowey House. Don Cowey.

Sep 04, 2008

Don Cowey was one of the architects who collectively developed the Christchurch Style in the 1960s. This lovely little house is where he lives today used to live and rests on a concrete block base, a nice reference to the old times.

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