College House has been awarded status as a Category 1 historic place by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga effective from 19th July.

The New Zealand Heritage List/Rarangi Korero provides statutory recognition of the country’s heritage places. The list is an important resource for individuals, local authorities and heritage owners about those places, buildings and values that reflect New Zealand’s distinct society and culture. Each listing contains detailed information describing its significance and is a crucial part of the management and conservation of our heritage resources.

College House Principal, Alastair Drayton says, “We are honoured by this recognition which is a tribute to the vision of the then College House board and the inspiration of Sir Miles Warren. The College House community has been enormously privileged to enjoy this marvellous place”.

College House was the first hall of residence to be built when the University of Canterbury expanded to Ilam.  The College House board commissioned the then emerging young architect Miles Warren to design a new college campus.

Warren and Mahoney’s overall design of the entire College House campus complex was strongly influenced by the Oxbridge collegiate quadrangle tradition, yet the architects gave it a post-war modernist treatment. Constructed of reinforced concrete block masonry, all the main buildings are laid out around a quadrangle. The dining room, chapel and library were all given double-height ceilings and their complex timber roofs and copper cladding contrast with the predominately flat roofs of the rest of the college.

Warren and Mahoney were awarded the New Zealand Institute of Architects’ Gold Medal for College House in 1969, the highest individual honour an architect can achieve in New Zealand.

 Jumping students in quad from photo shoot



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