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.
|Canterbury Society of Arts Gallery|
|Architectural style||Gothic revival|
|Location||Christchurch Central City|
|Client||Canterbury Society of Arts (CSA)|
|Structural system||brick masonry|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Benjamin Mountfort & Richard Harman|
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.
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 Ngāi Tahu. The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority supported the action citing the old gallery as an earthquake risk.
- "Canterbury Society of Arts Gallery (Former)". New Zealand Historic Places Trust Pouhere Taonga. Retrieved 19 June 2012.
- Star (14 January 1891). Society of Arts (7062 ed.). Papers Past. p. 4.
- "A clear future for COCA". Stuff. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
- "Repair cost dooms old building". stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 19 June 2012.
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