Topic: Dwelling, 13 Spencer Street, Addington

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The dwelling at 13 Spencer Street has significance as a representative example of a colonial vernacular dwelling designed and built by its owner/occupier.in the 1880s.

 The dwelling at 13 Spencer Street has significance as a representative example of a colonial vernacular dwelling designed and built by its owner/occupier.in the 1880s.

Land in Addington was originally sold in larger blocks as it was just outside the city boundary. With the advent of the railway in 1865 the land was subdivided into smaller sections and many labourers and tradespeople settled in the area. The opening of the Addington Railway Workshops in 1880 spurred residential growth in the area, which also featured large employers like Addington Prison (1870-75) and Wood’s Mill (1890). Thomas Norris (died 1921), a bricklayer from Sussex, arrived in Christchurch in 1865. He purchased the Spencer Street property in 1880, dividing it between his two sons Edwin and George in 1886. Edwin Norris, a blacksmith, lived at an adjacent property until 1921. His brother George, a  bricklayer like his father, built 13 Spencer Street in c.1886 and remained there until 1899.

The dwelling has architectural and aesthetic significance as a representative example of a colonial vernacular dwelling designed and built by its owner/occupier. Although the style of the cottage is typical, the manner of construction is unique in Christchurch. The cottage is constructed of greywacke river stones laid in regular rows. The one-and- a-half storeyed cottage has a bull-nosed veranda, enclosed at the both ends and decorated with timber fretwork. The window and door openings in the symmetrical façade are embellished with plastered brick quoins. A two-storey addition was made to the rear of the building in the late 20th century. The interior of the building retains original features including fire surrounds and the original coal range.

 

Sited close to the cottage is an original washhouse constructed in a similar method to the dwelling. The washhouse sustained damage in the 2010/2011 Christchurch earthquakes. Repair and reinstatement work was significant and included a new floor slab and foundations and a new timber framed wall to support the stone veneer.  The existing window, tub and door were reinstated while another window on the southeast side of the house was installed as a replica in keeping with the other original window. The original exterior stonework and quoining were reinstated as a veneer cladding and the existing roof and downpipes were also reinstated.

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Heritage New Zealand Listing: Historic place # 4914

Christchurch District Plan  - Heritage Item Statement of Significance - Heritage Item Number 497

Christchurch District Plan  - Heritage Items and Settings Aerial Map

McCarthy, J. ‘Working-class charm.’ The Press 27 January 2001

 

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Dwelling, 13 Spencer Street, Addington


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