Centrewood Homestead

309 Mill Road, Waimate

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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 7327 Date Entered 6th September 1996

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City/District Council

Waimate District

Region

Canterbury Region

Legal description

Lot 1 DP416130 (CT 462535), Canterbury Land District

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Historical Significance or Value

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

History:

This large Waimate homestead was built in 1894 for Alpheus and Anna Hayes, French-Canadian born capitalists who had migrated to South Canterbury in 1871. The house typifies the lifestyle enjoyed by the small South Island rural elite in the later stages of the colonial era.

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

Aesthetic:

The house has a picturesque setting of native and English trees, nestled in an extensive garden of five acres which has been continuously developed since the 1890s. The house and garden form an integrated setting and together present a pleasing picture of the leisured country life of well-off Cantabrians of the last century.

Architectural:

This large brick house has been designed in a plain version of Victorian Rustic Gothic and was built in 1894. The architect, Maurice Duval, was French. The building's features are symmetrically arranged on the three principal facades, with steep-pitched gables, finials, prominent decorated barge boards quoining, and deep set square-headed bay windows.

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

(b) The association of the place with events, persons or ideas of importance in New Zealand history:

Alpheus Hayes is a figure of some significance to South Canterbury history. He was a prominent sawmiller until the great Waimate Bush fire of 1878, one of the major fires in New Zealand's colonial history.

Centrewood is associated with the lifestyle enjoyed by the small South Island rural elite in the later stages of the colonial era.

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

This large brick house was designed by a French architect, Maurice Duval, and completed in 1894. The house is symmetrical on three facades, with steep-pitched gables, finials, prominent barge boards, quoining, iron lace-work and deep-set bay windows. The interior walls are constructed of double brick, the exterior of triple brick, mainly stretcher bond. The house has a corrugated iron roof. There is a straight verandah on the west facade, on the south side the verandah is a continuation of the roof. The style of the house is a plain version of Victorian Rustic Gothic.

Conclusion:

Centrewood Homestead is recommended for registration as a Category II, as a place of historical and cultural heritage significance and value. The house and five acre garden form a picturesque setting, with English and native trees, an artificial lake, formal rose gardens, expanses of lawn and paddock, and glasshouses.

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Duval, Maurice

Maurice Duval was an European architect and engineer who set up practice in Timaru in 1861.

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Construction Dates

Original Construction
1894 -
Style: Plain Victorian Rustic Gothic

Construction Details

Interior: Walls constructed of double brick

Exterior: Triple brick, mainly stretcher bond

Information Sources

Watt, 1962

M N Watt, Index to the New Zealand Section of the Register of All British Ships 1840-1950, Wellington, 1962.

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.