Architectural Encounters – Designing Colonial Canterbury 1850-1876
23 October 2019 - Rutherford's Den
In this lecture, Dr Ian Lochhead examines the challenges settler architects faced when designing buildings for Christchurch and Canterbury during the period from first settlement until the end of the provincial government era.
Wrestling with materials that behaved differently from the ones they were familiar with, reacting to a climate that was erratic and prone to high winds and confronting geological conditions that were both unpredictable and unstable, architects in colonial Canterbury faced unprecedented challenges. The problems resulting from inexperience in the new land, and the lessons derived from costly failures provide the background to the emergence of the province’s early architecture.
Architects discussed will include both well-known figures such as Benjamin Mountfort and lesser-known designers such as George Mallinson, Robert Speechly and William FitzJohn Crisp.
Dr Ian Lochhead is an associate visiting professor at the University of Canterbury, and his research interests include the history of New Zealand architecture, 19th and 20th century architecture, 18th century French and British art and architecture.
Date: Wednesday 23 October 2019
Time: 6.00pm to 7.00pm
Venue: Rutherford’s Den Lecture Theatre, The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora, 2 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch
Enquiries or bookings for the lecture can be made by emailing Friends of the Arts Centre. There will be a limited number of tickets available on the door.
This lecture is a fundraising activity by the Friends of the Arts Centre with all proceeds going towards the Arts Centre restoration project.
Thank you to the Christchurch Heritage Festival Community Fund for supporting this event.