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English architecture

The English made a substantial contribution to New Zealand architecture. The leading architect of colonial Christchurch was Benjamin Mountfort, who arrived in 1850 on one of the first four ships of the Canterbury Association. Arguably his finest building was the Canterbury Provincial Council Buildings, opened in 1859, and characteristic of his Gothic revival style. The buildings collapsed in the earthquake of 22 February 2011.

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Terry Hearn, 'English - Transforming the landscape', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 October 2023)

Story by Terry Hearn, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2015