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This project involved the renovation of a heritage 2 category listed building in Seatoun, Wellington.
Originally the landmark building was built in 1924 as St Georges Church Vicarage in the English Domestic Revival style intended to create the impression of an English country village vicarage. It was designed by renowned architect P.H. Graham, who was recognised for his architecture in both London and New Zealand. The materials of the façade are rendered cement over triple brick, exposed decorative brickwork and a Marseilles tile roof. The building has local significance for its architecture and for its historical association with Seatoun’s Anglican community and the neighbouring St Georges Church.
It remained as a vicarage until 2015 when it went on the market for the very first time. Now a private residential home the owners embarked on an extensive renovation plan covering re-instatement/repair works to the exterior where required and seismic upgrading of the building overall. A general renovation of the property also intended to make the building fit for purpose in terms of operating as a family dwelling. In consultation with Heritage NZ the project was considered to be within the scope of best practice guidelines and they offered their full support of the project.
Callidus Architects are passionate about heritage and character buildings creating a niche market specialising in this field. “The Vicarage” was a wonderful project where family friendly modern-day convenience and functionality was introduced to an attractive period building enhancing the original character. The project was a real team effort, achieved with the collaboration of excellent contractors and consultants resulting in a very pleasing outcome for the clients.
The colour scheme chosen for this project considered the period of the building and the clients’ wishes for a neutral colour scheme. A colour consultant from Resene advised that the 1920s in New Zealand saw the use of pale colours such as off whites, buffs and creams for the body of the house and dark greens, dark reds and even blacks for trims. The exterior of the vicarage was painted in Resene Quarter Napa, windows in Resene Thorndon Cream, fascia in Resene Friar Grey, foundation wall in Resene Double Friar Grey and the French entrance door in Resene Raging Bull. Internally the building has a neutral colour scheme with Resene Thorndon Cream (full, half and eighth variants), Resene Quarter Truffle and Resene Joanna.
With heritage listed buildings, it is always a challenge to achieve a seamless finish from old to new and keep a coherent look throughout.
Architectural specifier: Mona Quinn
Building contractor: Nathan Mandel
Photographer: Aramani Brouwer
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