Mountfort Drawing: Design for Canterbury Provincial Council Buildings, 1855

Maker
Benjamin Mountfort
Production date
1855
Description
One landscape semi-circular pencil drawing by Benjamin Mountfort, dated March 1855, showing a perspective bird's eye view of the Canterbury Provincial Council Buildings on Durham Street, Christchurch.
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Measurements
Area: W x 630 H 580mm (W x 24 13/16 H 22 13/16")
Researcher comments/remarks
The stone and timber Canterbury Provincial Council buildings were constructed between 1858 and 1865. The first building was a timber council chamber modelled on English manorial halls, though it had not even opened in 1859 when an extension was proposed. This extension increased the Durham Street frontage and added a new wing along Armagh Street. The third and final stage was the legislative chamber or great hall. The complex was severely damaged during the 2010-2011 Canterbury earthquakes. The damaged site has been made waterproof and partially deconstructed, until a decision on its future can be made.
Other id
327
BWM.8
6/34
Accession number
19XX.2.324
Marks and Inscriptions
Marks/Inscriptions: "Benj W. Mountfort" architect; Type of mark: Signature and Marks
Marks/Inscriptions: "Stowefleet, Canterbury"; Type of mark: Inscription; Notes: Reads
Marks/Inscriptions: "Approved, James Edward FitzGerald, Superintendent, March 10, 1855."; Type of mark: Inscription

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