Mountfort Architectural Plan: Canterbury Provincial Council Buildings, 1885

Benjamin Mountfort
One architectural plan showing the elevation and detail of door and gallery of the Canterbury Provincial Council Chambers.
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The stone and timber Canterbury Provincial Council Buildings was 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.
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