Topic: Highway Lodge, 121 Papanui Road, Christchurch
Highway Lodge was built in 1907 in an English Domestic Revival style and designed by leading architectural practice Seager, Wood and Munnings. The house was erected with timber recycled from the 1906-07 Exhibition building in Hagley Park. The house has many of the features revived by English Arts and Crafts architects during the 1860’s in England. The two storied house had a tiled hipped roof with cross gables. The ground floor was brick with a stucco first floor above. Each façade of this picturesque building was distinct with single and double storeyed bays, and a variety of gables with a mixture of gable end treatments including plain stucco and diagonal and vertical boarded half timbering. The more informal, rambling approach to the design suggests Seager is the lead designer. The interior of Highway Lodge continued the Domestic Revival character of the exterior with a medieval styled entrance hall complete with timber panelling and built in staircase.
The original section was subdivided in 1960's with the rear section along Merivale Lane being sold separately and built on. In 2010 the setting consisted of the listed building set behind a white picket fence with a planted boundary and location on a prominent corner location,
The building had been modified for use as a guest house with the original upstairs bedrooms being divided to create more rooms, bathrooms added and front sitting room converted to bedrooms. The character of the building has been retained however with the exterior essentially original in its appearance.
Damaged in the 4th September 2010 and 2010 boxing day earthquakes and associated aftershocks it was later demolished.