Monday 11 April 2011: Canterbury Provincial Council Buildings
This morning I met up with other photography friends, and we decided to have a wander around some of the streets that have opened up in the inner city - to the public.
There are barricades everywhere - for safety of course, so you cannot get very close at all, but you do get an idea of the devastation that has happened to some buildings. There are buildings that have been demolished all together, and there are just big gaps now.
These buildings are on the corner of Montreal and Armagh Streets. It is not until damage like this has happened that you realise that they meant so much to you, and they may never be the same again.
The Provincial Council Buildings were designed by Mountfort, who was Canterbury's leading Gothic revival architect. They were the only purpose built buildings still in existence in NZ.
They had timber chambers, and stone chambers.
Here we can see the stone chamber has collapsed.
The colored trees are where the River Avon flows, and then you enter into the centre of the City.