45 Ranfurly Street, St Albans, Christchurch

  • House.
    Copyright: NZ Historic Places Trust. Taken By: Melanie Lovell-Smith. Date: 20/02/2002.
  • House.
    Copyright: NZ Historic Places Trust. Taken By: Melanie Lovell-Smith. Date: 20/02/2002.

List Entry Information

List Entry Status Listed List Entry Type Historic Place Category 1 Public Access Private/No Public Access
List Number 298 Date Entered 5th September 1985


City/District Council

Christchurch City


Canterbury Region

Legal description

Lot 9 DP 1351 City of Christchurch


This three-bedroom house was built in 1899 by Harry Soanes, a bricklayer and builder. He and his brother, Philip, purchased adjacent sections in St Albans and both built homes for their families. (Philip's former house, 41 Ranfurly Street, is also registered by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust Pouhere Taonga). Forty-five Ranfurly Street remained in the hands of the Soanes family until 1952.

The significance of this house lies in the fact that Soanes built it not just as a family home but also to display his professional skills. Although a standard square villa, it is exceptional for the quality of the materials and the decorative details, such as the brick corbels under the eaves, the detailed brick chimneys, the plaster undersills of the sash windows on either side of the front door, and the verandah with its cast-iron work and tiled floor.


Construction Professionalsopen/close

Soanes, Harry

No biography is currently available for this construction professional

Additional informationopen/close

Construction Dates

Original Construction
1899 -

Completion Date

30th August 2001

Report Written By

Melanie Lovell-Smith

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.