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Ceiling of Canterbury Provincial Council Buildings (2nd of 3)

Ceiling of Canterbury Provincial Council Buildings

In 1864–65 the stone chamber was added to Benjamin Mountfort’s Provincial Council Buildings. The interior of the chamber was widely regarded as one of the finest examples of English Victorian Gothic architecture in New Zealand. The ridge and furrow arched ceiling was painted in glowing gold, red and dark blue chevrons by J. C. St Quentin, following Mountfort’s designs in 1867. The chamber collapsed in the February 2011 earthquake.

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Terry Hearn, 'English - Transforming the landscape', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 June 2024)

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