Architectural Encounters – Designing Colonial Canterbury

23 October 2019 - Rutherford's Den

In this Architectural Encounters – Designing Colonial Canterbury 1850-1876 lecture, Dr Ian Lochhead examines the challenges settler architects faced when designing buildings for Ōtautahi Christchurch and Waitaha 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.

Tickets are available on the door. Cash only.

This lecture is a fundraising activity by the Friends of the Arts Centre with all proceeds going towards The Arts Centre’s restoration. For more information email Friends of the Arts Centre.

Thank you to the Christchurch Heritage Festival Community Fund for supporting this event.

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

$10, or $5 with a Friends of the Arts Centre membership card

Driving & Parking

The Arts Centre has a limited number of 10 and 30 minute visitor carparks located at Market Square near the corner of Worcester Boulevard and Montreal Street.

Plenty of on-street metered parking is available near the Arts Centre, along with a number of off-street carparks.