Round the Square

Round the Square

A History of Christchurch's Cathedral Square

Book - 1995
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"Cathedral Square and Christ Church Anglican cathedral were crucial to the religious ideals of the original settlers of Christchurch and still provide the image by which the city is best known 150 years later. Over the years the Square has also provided for more down-to-earth needs. It once contained six cinemas, two hotels, several life insurance offices, many government departments, the headquarters of the city's transport system - and even the premises of what were euphemistically described as sanitary engineers. Round the Square takes you on a guided tour. More than 60 photographs and an entertaining text reveal the changing fashions of the city and some little known details about Christchurch's most famous public place: it's a cross, not a square; it contains New Zealand's first public statue, made from the Russian guns from the Crimean War; it contains New Zealand's first skyscraper-style building. This book is a must for visitors and citizens with an interest in Christchurch's rich architectural and social history." -- Cover
Publisher: Christchurch [N.Z.] : Clerestory Press, c1995.
Branch Call Number: 993.83 ROU
Characteristics: ix, 86 p. :,ill., facsim., plans, port. ;,24 cm.
Notes: "Published for the Canterbury Branch of the NZ Federation of University Women"--T.p. verso.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 80-81) and index.


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