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Poor Dorset Street.

Jun 16, 2011

Brutalists don’t cry, but after this weeks shaking we’re not happy. These little bachelor flats are one of New Zealand’s most important post-war buildings and surely face the possibility of demolition. Next door, the lovely and underrated Dorset Towers are abandoned and round the corner the new kids Park Terrace & Establishment Apartments are also red-stickered. Save Ferris Dorset.

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The (almost) definitive W&M pics.

Mar 18, 2011

Since that bastard earthquake local architect Justin has photographed pretty much all of the pre-1980 Christchurch W&M houses. He tells us the missing ones are RC Ballantyne (back section on Glandovey Rd), Hyslop flats, Fox House, Dorset Flats, Dorset Towers and Weston Flats (within the restricted CBD cordon). Quite an effort!

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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..

…continue reading 17 Michael Ave. Langley House. Warren & Mahoney.

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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A return to regular programming.

Sep 13, 2010

Yikes! Due to life it’s been a long time between posts, but we’re back.

A few quick W&M things before we get started: Congratulations to Maurice Mahoney who received the Insignia of an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit for services to architecture. Next, the epic 1974 Warren & Mahoney MJ Foster house is for sale. And lastly, you can listen to Miles & Maurice talk about the Christchurch earthquake here.

19 Cannon Hill Cr. J R Tye House. Warren & Mahoney.

Mar 09, 2010

Houses like this very early S’Miles design are an interesting case. A large L-shaped addition and some silly alterations have it poised precariously awaiting either restoration or obliteration. It would have originally been a beautifully proportioned, small house, but are there people willing to spend the time and money to restore the building to the way it should be? Please raise your hands.

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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.

…continue reading 22 Garden Rd. R L Ronaldson House. Warren & Mahoney.

94 Mountain View Rd. Raymond House. Warren & Mahoney.

Jun 21, 2009

A little out of town, in Timaru, but an important house in Christchurch architecture being Warren & Mahoney’s very first. Miles reminisces in a recent interview with John Walsh in NZ Architecture…

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3 Brigid Pl. Warren & Mahoney.

Jun 15, 2009

A very clean, unadorned box clad in rough cut boards and perched upon a beautiful ‘off shutter’ concrete base. There’s a fair bit of vegetation concealing the in-situ concrete details, but some sharp secateurs and a barrel of napalm would make short work of it.

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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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324 Oxford Tce. R Hyslop Flats. Warren & Mahoney.

Apr 12, 2009

This building was designed in 1960 after the success of W&M’s Dorset St and Carlton Mill flats. All the W&M ingredients are there: strong geometric lines, concrete block and exposed in-situ concrete. Today the building is sadly unloved and being used primarily as a mounting point for SKY satellite dishes. Shame.

…continue reading 324 Oxford Tce. R Hyslop Flats. Warren & Mahoney.