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Have your say on colonial cottage repair plan

Wednesday, July 12, 2017   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: earthquake recovery, heritage, repair, consultation, submission

Christchurch City Council Newsline: 12th July 2017

The community is being invited to have its say on how an historic 19th century cottage can be preserved.

Penfold’s Cottage in Ferrrymead is a landmark building with a rich history but it needs extensive repairs after being badly damaged in the 2011 earthquakes.

Penfold's Cottage in Ferrymead dates back to 1870.The cottage was originally the home of Captain James Penfold who was master of the schooner Excelsior, which traded between New Zealand and Australia until it ran aground and was wrecked on the Sumner Bar in 1862.

Penfold used sods cut from the Heathcote river to the build his cottage. He went onto work on the construction of the Ferrymead Bridge.

The cottage was occupied until 1908. After that the cottage sat empty and fell into disrepair.

In 1944 Ernest Parish decided to rebuild the cottage using cob as a memorial to the early settlers of Canterbury, with the help of the Mount Pleasant Burgesses’ Association and boys from the Mount Pleasant Yacht Club.

The cottage had to be rebuilt again a few years later after it was burnt out by a fire started by a spark from a blaze on Mount Pleasant.

Christchurch City Council Head of Urban Regeneration, Design and Heritage, Carolyn Ingles, said Penfold’s Cottage offered a unique insight into the early earth-building techniques used by Canterbury settlers in the 19th century.

“The walls facing Main Road and Ferrymead Bridge are largely intact and these can be repaired to keep the historic street view of the cottage," Ms Ingles said.

“However some of the remaining walls are too badly damaged to repair. Rather than deconstruct and reconstruct the cottage with new materials - which will remove a lot of the heritage fabric that makes it such a historic building - we’re proposing to enclose those parts in toughened glass.

“The proposed stabilisation and repair option would highlight the workmanship that makes Penfold’s Cottage so significant, as well as provide a more engaging and authentic experience for visitors," Ms Ingles said.

“Of course the community feels a real sense of ownership for this cottage and we want to consider their views on how we might best preserve it."

Funding has been set aside for the repair to take place in 2018–19.

How to have your say on Penfold's Cottage

Two drop-in sessions where the public can talk to Council staff about the project will be held at Mt Pleasant Yacht Club (Scott Park on Main Road). Both sessions will start with a presentation.

  • Thursday 20th July 2017, from 7 to 9pm; and
  • Saturday 22nd July 2017, from midday to 2pm.

People can also share their views on Penfold's Cottage via Have Your Say on the City Council website. Submissions close on Monday 14th August 2017.

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