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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.

71 Te Awakura Tce. Stewart Minson.

May 23, 2010

Original, unmolested modernist homes of the 1940s are pretty hard to come by in Christchurch which makes this Stewart Minson design a real find. The combination of the L-shape, flat-roof, weatherboard, and flagstone are a fine mix and the way the roofline steps down the slope is super sharp.

…continue reading 71 Te Awakura Tce. Stewart Minson.

29 Cannon Hill Cr. Minson, Henning Hansen.

May 02, 2010

If we had a dollar for every ugly aluminium conservatory / sun room added to a Christchurch Modern home we’d have at least $64. The house is guilty – $65 -  but the original unpainted concrete blockwork outside and stunning timber detailing inside leaves all forgiven. The fireplace in the living room is a behemoth and a thing of beauty.

…continue reading 29 Cannon Hill Cr. Minson, Henning Hansen.

87 Kahu Rd. Minson & Henning-Hansen.

Sep 06, 2009

Very clean looking concrete block home with a T-shape plan. The long bedroom wing featuring a neat row of half gables and the garden borders the Waimairi Stream. A ripper.

…continue reading 87 Kahu Rd. Minson & Henning-Hansen.

2 Ferrymead Tce. Kiddey House. Stewart Minson.

Sep 06, 2009

Overlooking the Ferrymead Bridge and set on a steep site, this pleasingly original weatherboard home is an unusual parallelogram shape to fit the precipitous platform on which it snugly perches. It’s green paint and brown cedar cladding camouflage the home well against the hillside.

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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.

…continue reading 7 James St. Stewart Minson.

279 Cannon Hill Cr. Ching House. Minson, Henning-Hansen & Dines.

May 06, 2009

Multi-level, concrete block and timber design from one of Christchurch’s best mid-century architects and designer of the stellar Canterbury Society of Arts Gallery.

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24 Whitewash Head Rd. Stewart Minson.

Jan 16, 2009

A Home & Building award winner in 1947 and pleasingly intact. Houses like this are disappearing faster than you can say “recessed halogen downlights”.

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78 Dyers Pass Rd. Reed House. Minson and Henning-Hansen.

Oct 05, 2008

Looking a bit neglected, this home was originally two self-contained units. The upper floor was an open plan one bedroom home for Mr A A G Reed, featuring a split level dining and living room with a substantial deck. Below; a self-contained flat for his son.

…continue reading 78 Dyers Pass Rd. Reed House. Minson and Henning-Hansen.

Mt Pleasant Rd. Malcolm House. Stewart Minson.

Sep 14, 2008

This home and studio, designed in 1951 by Stewart Minson was recently advertised for sale as a ‘redevelopment’ opportunity and sadly demolished. Stewart Minson designed many modernist homes in Christchurch during the 1950s and 60s and later teamed up with Holger Henning-Hansen to design the NZIA National Award winning CSA building.

…continue reading Mt Pleasant Rd. Malcolm House. Stewart Minson.