Government Offices, Christchurch, N. Z. from the Banks of the Avon.
Government Offices, Christchurch, New Zealand. The Provincial Government of Canterbury has recently completed the erection of the buildings in which all the public business of this important province is to be transacted. The whole edifice has been executed according to the plans of Messrs Mountford and Berry, local architects, who have shown great taste in adopting the style to the picturesque site in one of the bends of the Avon, a deep clear stream which winds through the town. The view selected for illustration is taken from the south bank of the Avon, and shows the last portion finished — being the new Council Chamber. Secluded and romantic as the situation appears, it is in the heart of the town, and close to busy thoroughfares and commercial marts. The buildings are constructed of bluestone from the port hills, the facings and ornaments being of Oamaru stone.
Illustrated Australian News for Home Readers (Melbourne, Vic.) Saturday 25 April 1868 page 5