Story: City public spaces

Cathedral Square, 1875 (1st of 3)

Cathedral Square, 1875

Christchurch was among a small number of New Zealand towns that was built around a public square, in this case Cathedral Square. It was modelled on European towns, where a central square was a hub of civic life. This sketch shows the south side of Cathedral Square in 1875. Apart from the lone figure, the space is surprisingly devoid of life.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
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Geoffrey Rice, 'City public spaces - Public squares', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 May 2024)

Story by Geoffrey Rice, published 11 Mar 2010