House

14 Fleming St, North Beach, Christchurch

  • House, 14 Fleming St, Nth Beach.
    Copyright: NZ Historic Places Trust.
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    Copyright: NZ Historic Places Trust.

List Entry Information

List Entry Status Listed List Entry Type Historic Place Category 2 Public Access Private/No Public Access
List Number 7322 Date Entered 6th September 1996

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City/District Council

Christchurch City

Region

Canterbury Region

Legal description

Lot 2 & 3 DP 18122 pt Rural Sec 17573, City of Christchurch

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This historic place was registered under the Historic Places Act 1993. The following text is from the original Recommendation for Registration considered by the NZHPT Board at the time of registration.

Architectural

This unusual house was constructed in 1931 entirely from whole larch logs. The house has a boxlike plan, with a simple gabled roof and shingled gable ends. Most of the windows are multi-light casements. These features give the house something of the feel of a bungalow. In architectural terms, the house is distinguished only by the novelty of its materials and construction.

This historic place was registered under the Historic Places Act 1993. The following text is from the original Recommendation for Registration considered by the NZHPT Board at the time of registration.

Social

The house forms part of a social landscape, illustrating something of the development of the New Brighton area from holiday accommodation to a permanent suburban area of Christchurch. Its significance as a response to the Depression of the early 1930s is interesting.

This historic place was registered under the Historic Places Act 1993. The following text is from the original Recommendation for Registration considered by the NZHPT Board at the time of registration.

The following comments are made in relation to the criteria identified under S.23(2) of the Historic Places Act 1993.

(g) The Technical accomplishment or value, or design of the place:

Constructed entirely of larch logs, this house also has an attached log garage. The house was the first to be constructed entirely from timber from the State forestry Department's plantation in North Canterbury. Interior and exterior walls have retained their larch bark cladding, and the gable walls have been filled with single-cut shingles. The house is boxlike in plan, with a simple gabled roof, and has something of the feel of a bungalow to it.

(j) The importance of identifying rare types of historic places:

As a log building this is certainly a rare structure. The house is distinguished by its unusual material and method of construction.

Conclusion:

The House at North Beach is recommended for registration as a Category II as a place of historical and cultural heritage significance and value. Though undistinguished in design terms, this house has rarity value as a log house. It also illustrates, indirectly, something of the social development of New Brighton from a holiday settlement to a permanent suburb.

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Construction Dates

Original Construction
1931 -

Information Sources

New Zealand Historic Places Trust (NZHPT)

New Zealand Historic Places Trust

Nomination Form

Other Information

A copy of the original report is available from the NZHPT Southern region office

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.