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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Canterbury Provincial District]

Armson, Collins And Harman

Armson, Collins And Harman (John James Collins and Richard Dacre Harman) Architects, 203 Gloucester Street, Christchurch. This firm was established many years ago, and on the death of its founder, the late Mr. W. B. Armson, the present partners, in conformity with his wishes, continued to carry on the business coupled with Mr. Armson's name. Since Messrs Collins and Harman have had the business some of the finest buildings in New Zealand have been built from the designs of the firm, and under its supervision; for instance, the fine stone Anglican church at Timaru, the Union Bank, Christchurch, the Bank of New South Wales, Auckland, the National Bank, Christchurch Strange's and Hobbs' new buildings, the “Lyttelton Times” and “Press” offices, Weeks' buildings, the public library, Charles Clark's buildings, the Royal Hotel, Christchurch, the Christchurch Gas Company's offices, the Borough Council Chambers and the fire brigade station, Lyttelton. Of the numerous fine private residences designed by Messrs Collins and Harman, a few may be mentioned; namely, the beautiful mansion of Mr. A. E. G. Rhodes, at “Te Koraha,” Merivale, where the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall stayed during their visit to Christchurch; the residence of Mr. G. H. Rhodes, at Claremont, Timaru; Mr. R. H. Rhodes' residence at Bluecliffs; Mr. G. E. Rhodes' residence at Meadowbank; Mr. H. D. Buchanan's residence at Little River; and Longbeach House, built to the order of the late Mr. John Grigg, and now the property of his son, Mr. J. C. N. Grigg. These are amongst the finest family residences in New Zealand, and in point of design and architecture they are unsurpassed in the colony.