Canterbury Heritage Awards 2018 :
Domestic - Saved and Restored Award - Proudly sponsored by: Simons Construction
RJ & BM Stewart House
Entrant: Warren & Mahoney Architects Ltd
This substantial residence designed by Helmore and Cotterill in 1934 was saved, strengthened, restored and extended, with patience and care, by the owners and architects Warren and Mahoney. Written off by insurers, the determination and skill required to not only save but improve the house and gardens is evident in the painstaking attention to detail and thoughtful integration of original fabric with new. Throughout the
three-year process taken to complete the work, the commitment to preserve and give renewed life to this significant heritage home is clearly visible.
Entrant: Brendan & Natalie Canton
The Tunneller’s Cottage owners have for a number of years been dedicated to the retention, maintenance and preservation of the cottage. A thorough research project provided a good understanding of the history of the cottage and resulted in authentic restoration
. Originally built as a tunnel day hut during the construction of the Otira tunnel the cottage continues to tell an important part of a story in Canterbury history. The owners of Tunneller’s Cottage have carefully restored it to a family living space similar to its original purpose, one that retains its heritage character and reflects its history.
Strathlachlan Homestead, Doyelston
Entrant: Deborah Gill-Smith & Andrew Smith
The owners of the 1882 Strathlachlan Homestead were committed to retaining and honouring the dwelling’s history not only for their own family but for the community as well. Most triple brick homes did not survive the Canterbury earthquakes but the owners of Strathlachlan genuinely valued the nostalgia of their legacy and thus, undaunted by the enormity of the task, restored the homestead from the foundations to the chimney tops and everything in between.
Tipapa Homestead and Woolshed, Greta Valley
Entrant: John Carr
Tipapa Homestead built in 1928 and the Tipapa Woolshed built earlier in 1890 are reminders of a 10,000 acre sheep station established in the grand manner of the times. They have both been extensively and meticulously restored to an extremely high standard.
The atmosphere of a working woolshed pervades every plank, and the extensive shearers’ stencilling on the walls tell a fascinating and historic story. Members of the public have been able to enjoy these surroundings through attendance at the many concerts, weddings and opera performed there.
Mona Vale Gatehouse
Entrant: Christchurch City Council
Severely damaged in the Canterbury earthquakes the Mona Vale Gatehouse is a much loved and admired building. A careful but complex strengthening and reconstruction programme was developed by the Christchurch City Council and its heritage consultants to
ensure that this 1905 building would not only be preserved for the future but would meet current building code requirements.
Entrant: Michael & Penny Tapley
This stone dwelling built in the 1860s was severely earthquake damaged. Yet the owners undertook to rescue and faithfully restore most of the house and to retain heritage features. The house has a historical pedigree going back to 1858. It is a rare surviving stone dwelling left in Lyttelton and the restored street frontage can be enjoyed by passers by.