The buildings are listed as Group 3 on the Christchurch City Council’s “List of Protected Buildings, Places and Objects”.
In 1999, DOCOMOMO New Zealand added the flats to their “Top 20” list of Modern Movement buildings.
In 2010, Heritage New Zealand registered the buildings as a Category 1 historic place - the highest level available - citing them as having “set new architectural, social and aesthetic standards for domestic buildings in New Zealand and [recognising them] as one of the most important Modern Movement buildings constructed in this country.”
The flats were extensively damaged in the February 2011 Canterbury Earthquake, and have been in limbo since that time. A restoration project is now underway, and can be followed on this page and at www.dorsetstreetflats.com.