More photos I took when I visited Christchurch. in 2007. One of the heritage complexes in Christchurch badly damaged by the 22 February earthquake is that of the old Canterbury Provincial Council buildings, corner Armagh and Durham Streets, category 1 on the NZ Historic Places Trust register.
It appears from aerial shots taken yesterday that the stone tower shown here has totally collapsed, and is now just rubble in the street. It dated from 1859.
Around the chamber were windows like this. The wording between the rosette designs were quotes and phrases designs to inspire ethical feelings amongst the council members as they administered the province.
Images from display boards within the complex.
When I visited back then, I was warmly welcomed by the members of the society who look after the buildings and hold the guided tours. I hope they are safe.
"Canterbury Provincial Council Buildings, Christchurch. Photograph by Greg O'Beirne, taken 22nd January 2006, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license and Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Generic license." From Wikimedia.
I think this part of the complex wasn't as badly affected as the rest -- but, considering Christchurch is at the vtime of writing still going through 4.0 and even 5.0 level aftershocks ... whichever way you look at it, Christchurch, and our country, has lost such a lot during this reminder that we ride the Pacific Ring of Fire.