4/21/15

Old houses of Akaroa

Here are some old cottage sketches from our Akaroa trip over Easter - if it's one thing Akaroa does well it's old houses! This first house below - the Langlois-Eteveneux cottage is one of the original French cottages and was pre-fabricated in France then shipped out. It certainly does have a slightly different look and construction to most of the other cottages in town.


This cottage below got the better of my landscape sketchbook - I had to crop the roof off so it could fit nicely. The street names are a legacy of the early French settlement in Akaroa, this one is on Rue Jolie...
 

Obviously the building below isn't a cottage at all! Pretty neat though. It's the Old Shipping Office (presumably that means there's a new one somewhere?) and like a lot of early NZ commercial buildings it's constructed of timber to look like stone even down to the turned balustrades and wooden keystone at the top.


This one at the top of Rue Jolie has flowering nikau palms and awesome harbour views...


This one is on the not so French sounding William Street...


1 comment:

John Skevington said...

What a lovely drawing of The Old Shipping Office. It certainly is a special building and won a Canterbury Heritage Award for it's restoration in 2012. We have owned it for some 20 years now.

John Skevington & Joanne Ruane