Accession Number
2013.17.76
Brief Description
One landscape colour digital photograph taken on 14 July 2011 showing the demolition of the former Canterbury Hotel on the corner of Norwich Quay and Oxford Street. At the time of demolition the ground floor was occupied by the Magma Gallery. Also visible in the photograph are the Old Post Office, Lyttelton Takeaways (corrugated iron walls) and Minster House (brick side wall). Photograph taken from Oxford Street.
Production Role
Photographer
Production Date
14 Jul 2011
Associated Event Notes
Damage caused
Associated Period
2011/2010s
Associated Place
Lyttelton/Christchurch/Canterbury/South Island/New Zealand
Background
The Canterbury Hotel, built in the 1920s to replace an earlier hotel of the same name, ceased trading in the early 2000s. Since that time it had been predominantly empty, but in 2010 the Magma Gallery began trading in part of the ground floor of the building. The Canterbury Hotel, along with the British Hotel on the opposite corner, had a reputation as a sailor’s hotel, due to its proximity to the main pedestrian entrance to the Inner Harbour.
Collecting Unit
Current Rights Code

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