Monday, October 25, 2010

Green's Buildings

Green's Buildings
Manchester Street

City Improvements
Among the buildings shortly to be erected in the city, one of the finest blocks will be that to be placed at the corner of Manchester and Tuam streets for Mr T. H. Green. The block will consist of ten shops with living rooms attached, to be built, of brick on a concrete foundation. The largest shop, 50ft long by 31ft in width, will occupy the corner of the building on Manchester and Tuam streets. Six smaller shops will front on Manchester street and three on Tuam street. The total frontage on Manchester street will be 152ft, and that on Tuam street 100ft, and the height from the ground to the ridge of the roof will be 38ft. A verandah of glass and iron will run round the whole front of the building. Access will be given to the shops by recess doors.

The upper storey will contain dwelling rooms communicating with the ground floor by staircases at the back, and a large show room, 66ft long by 31ft wide at the corner of the building. The upper storey is lighted by segmental headed windows, the quoins and arches around which will be ornamented with floral devices in terra cotta, and the front of the block is adorned with brick piers containing panels of terra cotta enriched with "guilloche and pateria" designs. The building will be surmounted by a cornice and balustrading, and the roof will be covered with galvanised iron. The rooms on the ground floor will be 13ft 6in in height, and those on the upper floor, 11ft.

The contract for erection has been let to Mr H. Taylor, who commenced operations this morning. It is expected that the building will be finished about the end of March next.
Star, Issue 3908, 27 October 1880, Page 3

Quick Work
The plate glass for Mr Green's block of buildings at the corner of Manchester and Tuam streets has just arrived. The time which elaped (sic) between the order being cabled Home and the delivery in Lyttelton was only 59 days.
Star , Issue 4060, 26 April 1881, Page 2

Star, Issue 4101, 13 June 1881, Page 2

Star , Issue 5052, 12 July 1884, Page 2

Thomas Hillier Green
born circa 1838 Somerset, England
died 23 September 1890 Christchurch
buried Linwood Cemetery.

(refer: Christchurch City Council's Cemetery Database)


A notice appears in another column stating that Mr Thomas H. Green, aged fifty-two, has departed this life. Mr Green had been ailing for over six months from heart disease. Mr Green is one of Canterbury's pioneers, and, moreover, one of the right sort — a man full of energy and determination. Bred and born in the midst of agricultural operations in England, he saw an opportunity on arrival in Canterbury of starting a pork butchering business in Christchurch, which he carried on with satisfactory results for some years. A few years later Mr Green saw an opening for the increase of this business by exporting to the neighbouring Colonies, and he built a large curing establishment in Manchester street. There he carried on business on a large scale, and the name of Canterbury hams and bacon became well known in the Australian Colonies. He then built a large block of buildings on the frontage of the section and conducted the curing at the back. When the Islington Factory was mooted, Mr Green threw in his lot with the promoters, and it is needless to say his energetic business habits have still further increased the demand for the Company's product. He leaves a widow and grown up family, chiefly sons. Mr Green's funeral takes place to-morrow afternoon.
Star , Issue 6968, 24 September 1890, Page 1

1 comment:

  1. Hi there...
    You might be interested in a grave i photographed over Christmas at Bromley Cemetery of the son of Thomas - Richard Amor GREEN who himself was a sometime City Councillor and notable. Interesting to note that Richard's infant son is named on the headstone yet baby was buried in Thomas Hillier GREEN's plot in Linwood. My what a lot of tragedy that family had - fascinating though.

    Great blog post! My great grandmother Eva TURNBULL lived at 117 Manchester Street at the Silver Grid Hotel - she was a cook/waitress so presume that's what she was employed as.

    Press, Volume LIII, Issue 16063, 20 November 1917, Page 6
    "The Silver Grid, which is situated at 117 Manchester street between Tuam and St. Asaph streets, is a well-known boarding-house and restaurant. It came in for some notoriety about eight or nine years ago, being the scene of the murder by a jealous admirer of a young girl employed at the establishment. It is a brick building two storeys high, with kitchen, restaurant and shop on the ground floor, and eighteen rooms, mostly bedrooms, on the top floor. A small shop at the southern end of the ground floor is occupied by A. D. Smith, booksellar. The building is owned by L. E. Nathan's trust estate, and the tenant was John Percival Smith. The building is contiguous to other places, and a glass verandah runs along its front., This verandah was the cause of many of the injuries. Along the top of this verandah runs a narrow footway, or bridge; at the back of the building facing the side of the Opera House are two fire escapes." Smith's bookshop...ring a bell ;-)

    Myyyy what a lot of history we've lost :(