Mountfort Drawing: Sketch of Present Museum and Future Extensions, c 1865

Benjamin Mountfort
Production date
Circa 1865
One landscape ink and sepia washed sketch by Benjamin Mountfort, circa 1865, of Canterbury Museum, Christchurch. Caption on front reads: "Sketch of present Museum and future extensions."
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Area: W x 220 H 175mm (W x 8 11/16 H 6 7/8")
Researcher comments/remarks
The Canterbury Museum on Rolleston Avenue, designed by B. W. Mountfort, first opened in 1870. The first incarnation of the Museum was a Gothic Revival Style building consisting of a single room 21.3 metres long by 10.6 metres across with a wooden structure alongside to provide office space. The original building quickly proved to be too small, and the addition of a new two storey wing in the same Gothic Revival style was completed in 1872. The proposed extensions in this sketch were never built. The original Mountfort buildings underwent seismic strengthening between 1987 and 1995, which contributed to the relatively minor damage sustained during the 2010-2011 Canterbury earthquakes.
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452* See Brief Desc
452* See Brief Desc
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452* See Brief Desc
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Marks and Inscriptions
Marks/Inscriptions: "B. W. Mountfort" Architc; Type of mark: Signature and Marks; Notes: Ink
Marks/Inscriptions: "The Canterbury Museum/Perspective sketch by/B. W. Mountfort FNZIA, presented by David E. Hutton 1940."; Type of mark: Inscription; Notes: Reads


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