Behind closed doors, Open Christchurch – Have a look inside (and outside) at some of Christchurch’s most interesting buildings

If, like me, you are curious about Christchurch architecture and buildings, Open Christchurch is going to be a treat. It runs from Sunday 30 June to Saturday 7 September, with one event per week over winter. It's bought to you by Te Pūtahi: Christchurch Centre for architecture and city-making.
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Isaac House

Isaac House stands in solitary splendour on the corner of Colombo and Armagh Streets. Located at 779 Colombo Street, it is a Category 2 listed heritage building in the distinctive Georgian Revival style. It was completed in 1927 for Henry Owen, proprietor of chemists Cook and Ross. If — like me — you are a fan of this architectural…
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Cool stuff from the selectors: How the other half lives

Located near Palm Springs, Sunnylands was the palatial home of philanthropists Walter and Leonore Annenberg. Created out of barren desert, Sunnylands is now a huge, palatial masterpiece of over the top opulence. No detail was too small - carpets, furniture, and china were all specially made, luscious gardens formed, and a golf course created. Luckily…
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Podcast – Resources in the city with FESTA

Christchurch City Libraries blog hosts a series of regular podcasts from New Zealand's only specialist human rights radio show Speak up - Kōrerotia. This show is created by Sally Carlton. This episode discusses issues around the use of resources in the Christchurch urban environment including - resourcefulness reuse / recycling / upcycling people power architecture and people using…
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Imagining a different Christchurch – Jessica Halliday and FESTA 2016

FESTA is a "biennial weekend celebration of urban creativity" and one of the coolest events on Ōtautahi's calendar. It is on this Labour weekend, kicking off with the SuperWOW disco at the Dance-o-mat on Friday 21 October, and ending with PechaKucha on Monday 24 October at 7.30pm. The unmissable big event is Lean Means on…
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McLeans Mansion

McLeans Mansion is front page news in today's copy of The Press (7 July 2016). This slightly spooky architectural jewel (also known as Holly Lea) has an interesting history: The Mansion was a departure from the accustomed work of the architects, England Brothers, and it was an unusual design among Christchurch’s large homes — when…
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Government Life building in Cathedral Square – opened 17 July 1964

On 17 July 1964 the Government Life Building opened in Cathedral Square. One of my favourite photos in our entire collection is this one of its construction -Workers on top of Government Life. For me, it is the Ōtautahi version of the famous Lunch atop a Skyscraper (New York Construction Workers Lunching on a Crossbeam)…
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New Regent Street

New Regent Street opened on 1 April 1932 by Christchurch Mayor D.G. Sullivan. We have in our collection these splendid 1931 New Regent Street plans. New Zealand Historic Places Trust reports: New Regent Street  ... is lined with two terraces of Spanish Mission style shops. The site now covered by New Regent Street and its…
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