The streetscapes of New Zealand cities and towns were characterised by a hotchpotch of different building styles and heights. This reflected a cultural trait for individualism; building owners wanted their properties to stand out from neighbours. There were a few exceptions. In the early 1930s a new street connecting Christchurch’s Armagh and Gloucester streets was constructed. It comprised two-storey, semi-detached buildings constructed in a common Spanish Mission architectural style, and was called New Regent Street, after the famous London thoroughfare. This is the architect’s drawing of the street.
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Christchurch City Council, Heritage Unit
Reference: CCCPlans New-Regent-28-8
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