Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Heritage Grant for Riccarton House

Friday 14 March, 2014

Heritage Grant for Riccarton House

Structural strengthening and maintenance work on Riccarton House can be completed following the approval of a Christchurch City Council Heritage Grant of $33,263.

The Canterbury earthquakes caused substantial damage to the building including the loss to the 16 fireplaces, eight chimneys and the lathe and plaster. The building was insured for earthquake damage; the grant will cover some structural strengthening and maintenance work not covered by insurance.

Elements being repaired or rebuilt will achieve at least 67 per cent of the New Building Standards. This is up from as low as 10 percent prior to 2010.

Christchurch City Council Natural Environment and Heritage Manager Helen Beaumont says that the Council is delighted to make a donation towards a heritage building which has a special place in the heart of many Cantabrians and New Zealanders.

"Today, the building continues to be at the centre of many community gatherings and celebrations. This grant will contribute to the role of this building in contributing to our sense of identity and our living heritage.

"The grant will help preserve the future of a building which is recognised nationally for its connection to European settlement and farming on the Canterbury Plains, and for early interactions between Maori and Pakeha on the Deans estate."

Councillor Yani Johanson says the grant shows the real difference that the Heritage Incentive Grant can make to the community and the economy.

"It's great to be able to help the conservation and strengthening project at Riccarton House move forward. As a building, it is an icon of our city's remaining heritage. Whether you're visiting during the week or during the ever busy Farmer's Market, it is clear that this building is a special place to visit for locals and tourists, and it creates creative small business opportunities."

Riccarton Bush Trust Chairman Charles Deans says, "The Trust is delighted with the support from Council in addition to a wide range of support from other groups and family members."

He says the Trust expects Riccarton House to open later in 2014 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Trust in November 1914.

Payment of the grant is subject to the applicants entering a 10-year limited conservation covenant with the Council that the owner(s) will not demolish or apply for consent for demolition of the protected heritage item within a period of time to be negotiated with the building owner(s).

The building at 16 Kahu Road Street is listed Group 1 in the Christchurch City Plan and is registered Category 1 by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust Pouhere Taonga.

- ends -

Riccarton House - fact file:

* The large two storey timber frame building was constructed in three stages for the Deans family, initially from timber cut from Riccarton Bush in 1856. The 1900 extensions are very grand relative to the earlier portions and were built by the England brothers. They include the large ornate projecting gables and first floor verandah placed adjacent to the earlier very simple two storey gable ended block. The later additions contain the entrance hall, drawing room and first floor bedroom. The building has a Western Red Cedar shingle pitched roof and the exterior is clad with painted weatherboards.
* The building remained in the Deans family until 1947 when it was purchased by the 'Riccarton Bush Trust'. The building and surrounding grounds are open to the public.

The conservation and maintenance works include:
* Replacement of the original 1856 bay window structure
* Repairs to the decayed timber structure of the 1856 Study and Morning Rooms
* A new steel lintel in the 1856 Morning Room
* Foundation repairs to the 1856 Study Room
* Structural securing of brick chimney number five
* Repairs to the west wall of the kitchen

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Spy Update: Appointment Of GCSB Acting Director

GCSB Chief Legal Advisor Lisa Fong will become the Acting Director of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) from 15 February 2016, Minister Responsible for the GCSB Christopher Finlayson announced today. More>>

Protests Close Roads: TPP Signed In Auckland

“TPP was signed by Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Viet Nam.” More>>

ALSO:

Emails Behind 'Diplomatic Immunity' Case: Whitehead Report Released

“As previously indicated the conclusions reached by Mr Whitehead’s investigation are not unexpected but they are very disappointing,” Mr Mccully says. “At the heart of the matter is a single email, along with procedural shortcomings, which gave Malaysian officials the impression it would be acceptable for Mr Rizalman to return to Malaysia." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Treaty/TPP Overlap, And Iowa

The fears about the ISDS provisions in the Trans Pacific Partnership deal are well-founded. The reality is that there is a sharp uptick in the occurrence of ISDS litigation in developed countries, and even the right wing likes of The Economist have been souring on the process for some time. More>>

ALSO:

Christchurch Red Zone Offers: Fresh High Court Proceedings

Grant Cameron, Solicitor for the Quake Outcasts said “the action seeks judicial review of the Crown’s recent decision to make a fresh offer to purchase properties from uninsured property owners in red zones. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Post-Cabinet Press Conference: Waitangi And TPP

Prime Minister John Key on Tuesday said his office has received an invitation for him to visit the Lower Marae on Waitangi Day, but was waiting for a meeting of the Te Tii Marae Trustees. More>>

ALSO:

Flagged: 'Wrong Colour' Bridge Flag To Change

NZ First: Only 13 days after National trumpeted its legally questionable flag on Auckland Harbour Bridge, it is now coming down because it is the wrong colour... “Mr Key’s latest flag fiasco is another waste of taxpayers' money. Given it is coming down, down is exactly the location where it should remain. More>>

ALSO:

School's In: Children Head Back To School

“Across the whole of this year we expect 61,820 five year olds will begin their primary schooling for the first time,” says the Ministry of Education head of sector enablement and support Katrina Casey. More>>

ALSO:

Dog & Lemon: FBI Disagrees With NZ Government Over Police Chases

Multiple studies, quoted by the FBI, show that once suspects realise they're no longer being chased; they tend to slow down to normal driving speeds and therefore become far less of a risk. The FBI report also categorically rejected the argument that abandoning police chases meant ‘giving in’ to offenders. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news