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Open Christchurch 2023: Audio Described - College House (University of Canterbury Hall of Residence)

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OPEN CHRISTCHURCH 2023: Audio Described College House Tour

Architects: Warren and Mahoney, 1964-67; Wilkie & Bruce, 2015

Join this audio described tour to explore College House, a residential college at the University of Canterbury designed and constructed between 1964-67 by leading modernist architects Sir Miles Warren & Maurice Mahoney. Sir Miles Warren deemed College House their best building.  

This tour will include an introduction to the site’s architecture and history as well as a detailed audio description of the Chapel. It is led by audio describer Kevin Prince and architectural historian and Te Pūtahi director, Dr Jessica Halliday.  

This tour is designed for blind and low vision people. Bookings are reserved for the blindness community and companions.  


Saturday 3pm

Important things to know when visiting College House:

  • This site has steps and pavers that may make it inaccessible to some visitors
  • This site has a lift to access upstairs areas
  • There is mobility parking on-site
  • For more information regarding accessibility, feel free to contact us at
  • Additional accessibility information will be sent to everyone who registers.


      About Open Christchurch:

      6 & 7 May 2023

      Open Christchurch is a one-weekend-only festival of exceptional architecture. It’s for everyone in Ōtautahi Christchurch. Building owners/kaitiaki will literally open their doors so you can experience great design from the inside

      Uncover new spaces or get up close to the buildings you love. With 50+ buildings and 4 guided walks to choose from, you’ll discover your city in a new way.

      Visit for more information.


      Photography by Sarah Rowlands

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