Saturday, March 27, 2010

St Luke's Church, Christchurch

Church of St Luke the Evangelist
corner of Manchester and Kilmore Streets
Historic Place - Category II
also see

St Lukes is situated on one of the original five church reserves set aside in the plans of the Canterbury Association for the town of Christchurch. Of the four church reserves that were to have bounded the Cathedral reserve, this is the one still intact.

The church was designed by Julian Cyril Mountfort (1852- 1920) and completed in 1909. It is a competent example of early English Gothic Revival church of substantial scale. The construction method of a brick lining and stone facing is of note, which is complimented by an extensive use of Oamaru dressings and the high roof structure. The church also features good quality stained glass by the English firm, Whitefriars. Also of note is the stand alone bell tower in the church grounds.

above - an interior view of St Luke's Church by the photographer Richard Cheeseman.

St Luke's is being demolished
St Luke's in the City is over 100 years old
Last updated 15:52 06/07/2011

St Luke's in the City was among many historic buildings severely damaged in the February earthquake.

Demolition of the 1909 stone and brick Anglican church was in full swing today at its site, on the corner of Kilmore and Manchester streets.

The church was designed by Cyril Mountfort, son of Benjamin Mountfort, who also designed St John's in Hororata. The rural church was also significantly quake-damaged.

St Luke's took 13 months to build at a cost of 9800 pounds.

- The Press

No comments:

Post a Comment