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Canterbury Society of Arts Gallery

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Type  Art Gallery
Completed  1890, 1894
Cost  1,229 GBP
Architect  Benjamin Mountfort
Address  Armagh St
Renovated  1972, c.1980
Demolished  2012
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Location  Christchurch Central City
Client  Canterbury Society of Arts (CSA)
Architectural style  Gothic Revival architecture
Architecture firm  Armson, Collins and Harman
Similar  Christchurch Art Gallery, Centre of Contemporary Art, Otago Art Society, Guthrey Centre, Christchurch Arts Centre

The Canterbury Society of Arts Gallery, was an art gallery in the central city of Christchurch, New Zealand. It consisted of two buildings built in the late 1800s. The buildings were demolished in 2012 due to damage from the Canterbury earthquakes.

Benjamin Mountfort designed the first building in 1890, costing a total of £1,229. It consisted of a large gallery, and some smaller rooms, one that was meant for use as a library.

A second building, designed by Richard Harman was completed in 1894.

Demolition

The Ministry of Justice was the tenant of the building during the Canterbury earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. They deemed it too expensive to repair the building and the move to demolish the building was backed by building owners Ngai Tahu. The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority supported the action citing the old gallery as an earthquake risk.

The New Zealand Historic Places Trust had previously assessed the building and found it largely undamaged.

References

Canterbury Society of Arts Gallery Wikipedia


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