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Plas Mawr (3rd of 3)

Plas Mawr

Although born in London, the architect James Chapman-Taylor grew up in New Zealand. On a trip to England in 1909 he was inspired by the English Arts and Crafts movement, which was a conscious attempt to revive traditional craft methods. When he returned to New Zealand, Chapman-Taylor designed and built this two-storey cottage, Plas Mawr, in New Plymouth. It features the hand-adzed wood and timber beams typical of the style.

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Terry Hearn, 'English - Transforming the landscape', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 June 2024)

Story by Terry Hearn, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2015