Mountfort Drawing: Church of the Most Holy Trinity, Lyttelton, 1852

Benjamin Mountfort
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One landscape pencil on paper drawing by Benjamin Mountfort of the proposed design for the wooden Church of the Most Holy Trinity, Lyttelton, 1852. Inscription under drawing reads: "The corner stone of the church of the Most Holy Trinity Lyttelton, New Zealand, being the first in the Canterbury Settlement was laid April 24th, 1852, by John Robert Godley Esq of Lyttelton and R[...], Co. Leitrim, Ireland, to whom this Print is respectfully inscribed by his obedient servant, Benj. W. Mountfort, Architect."
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Collecting unit
Area: W x 650 H 590mm (W x 25 9/16 H 23 1/4")
Researcher comments/remarks
The first church Mountfort designed in New Zealand was the Church of the Most Holy Trinity in Lyttelton, consecrated in 1853. This original design was an ambitious timber framed structure with a brick infill, but the planned spire was never constructed. Built of unseasoned timbers it soon became unsafe and was demolished in 1857. The replacement stone church, designed by George Mallinson, did not survive the 2010-2011 earthquakes.
Other id
452* See brief desc
452* See brief desc
10254 & 9016
Catalogue number
452* See brief desc
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