63 Aldwins Road, Linwood, Christchurch

  • House, 63 Aldwins Rd, Linwood, Christchurch. CC Licence 4.0 Image courtesy of
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List Entry Information

List Entry Status Listed List Entry Type Historic Place Category 2 Public Access Private/No Public Access
List Number 579 Date Entered 26th November 1981


Extent of List Entry

Extent of registration is the land described as Pt Lot 1 DP 7976 (CT CB383/17), Canterbury Land District and the building known as House thereon

City/District Council

Christchurch City


Canterbury Region

Legal description

Pt Lot 1 DP 7976 (CT CB 383/17), Canterbury Land District


Built in circa 1898, the house at 63 Aldwins Road in the Christchurch suburb of Linwood has aesthetic and architectural significance as a standard small square villa built, unusually, in stone by well-known builder William Rennie for himself and his family.

In November 1898 Mary Josephine Fuchs sold the section of land at 63 Aldwins Road to William Rennie for £48 10s and Rennie probably built the cottage soon after. Scottish born and trained carpenter, Rennie worked in the United Kingdom, North America and South Africa before settling in New Zealand and was the senior partner of the building firm Rennie and Pearce (established 1888). The firm built several large buildings in Christchurch, including Canterbury Hall (later City Council Civic Offices, now demolished) and the renowned extensive residence Holly Lea (McLean’s Mansion).

The single storeyed house is a good example of a standard small square villa in terms of scale, layout and general design yet the choice of stone as a building material is not common in Christchurch for this style of building. Of note are the neat squared basalt rubble walls and finely executed dressed stone door and window reveals. The main façade has a central front door flanked by sash windows, and a narrow verandah with a sloping roof.

Rennie died in 1908 but the property remained in family ownership until 1935 when it was sold to William John McIlroy. Minor changes have been made to the building. Some original window frames have been replaced in aluminium, and a sunroom extension has been added to the rear of the house. Damage was caused to the building in the Canterbury earthquakes of 2010-2011.


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William Rennie

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Construction Dates

Original Construction
1898 -

Completion Date

19th January 2017

Report Written By

Robyn Burgess

Other Information

Please note that entry on the New Zealand Heritage List/Rarangi Korero identifies only the heritage values of the property concerned, and should not be construed as advice on the state of the property, or as a comment of its soundness or safety, including in regard to earthquake risk, safety in the event of fire, or insanitary conditions.

A fully referenced upgrade report is available on request from the Southern Region Office of Heritage New Zealand.