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From the Stacks - Archive of the Month
These plans are of a standard cottage design built by the county in the 1930s and 1940s. They are part of the collection of Rangitikei plans that have been recently added to the Archives Central database. The county had many roads out in isolated areas and it meant significant travel time for staff when roading repairs or maintenance was required. As a result a number of cottages were built for local “roadmen” at key points in the county.
There were a number of designs used by the county and many of these were created inhouse by the County Engineer. This particular design was for a spacious three bedroom home of about 120 square metres.
The design was used at six different sites - for a little variety two of those were built as the mirror image of these plans.As roads were improved, travel times reduced and it became less and less important to have someone “on the spot”. As a result many of these houses were sold off and the staff were relocated to council depots.