Former Deans Farm Buildings

Christchurch Boys’ High School, Christchurch

Heritage Recognition

The former Deans farm buildings, ‘Former Riccarton Farm Buildings and Setting’, are listed as a Group 2 – Significant heritage item (item no. 1291) in the Christchurch District Plan. They are also recognised as meeting the definition of an archaeological site.


These nineteenth century vernacular brick farm buildings are associated with European settlement of the Canterbury Plains. As the last remnant of the Deans family farm, they feature barrel-vaulted roofs and include decorative devices such as corbelled brickwork and cast-iron ornamentation. The former Deans Farm Buildings are located within the Christchurch Boys' High School precinct.

The former Deans Farm Buildings were damaged during the 2010/11 Canterbury earthquakes and by arson in 2016.  The repair, strengthening and adaptive reuse of these buildings for school purposes in 2017 resulted in a heritage complex that showcases the history of the site and school. 

The former Deans Farm Buildings received a Seismic Award (Highly Commended) and Public Realm – Saved and Restored Award (Commended) in the 2018 Canterbury Heritage Awards.

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Heritage impact assessment
Temporary protection plan
Conservation plan
Photographic recording
Schedule of conservation work
Built heritage advice
Heritage compliance monitoring