Author(s): The Press
This is a beautiful commemorative book of the most significant heritage buildings/precincts or landmarks of Christchurch that have been lost or badly damaged in the earthquakes. It is a true celebration of Christchurch, the way it used to be, and covers the history of each building/area, its architectural context, a number of photos of each place taken over time and discussion of its future. The buildings include the best known heritage buildings in the inner-city such as Christchurch Cathedral, the Catholic Cathedral, The Press Building, Provincial Chambers, Cranmer Court, Christ's College and the Cashel Sreet shopping district among many others. It also covers quite a number of buildings dear to Chistchurch but lesser-known outside the city, such as the old Woods flour mill in Addington and the Caledonian Hall. Many buildings aren't on the Register nor heritage list but are so much part of the city that they'll be badly missed, like the rows of old shops in Sydenham and Colombo Street and landmarks such as the Carlton Hotel (to be demolished) and the Sumner Town Hall. In addition the book covers the damaged statues of Godley, the city's (European) founder and Scott of the Antarctic, plus the ruined Shag Rock at the mouth of the Estuary (which locals now call Shag Pile), Castle Rock (which once dominated the Port Hills skyline and now lies in great lumps in the valley below), and Monck's Cave (which is on the Register).
Bruce Ansley has lived in Christchurch for many years and has a great fondness for the city and its architecture. Now a full-time author, he has spent 40 years writing for magazines, newspapers (including titles as diverse as the Christchurch Star and the London Sun) television and radio. He was a staff writer for the NZ Listener magazine for many years. His books are Stoned on Duty, A Long Slow Affair of the Heart and Gods and Little Fishes. Bruce has won fellowships to both Oxford and Cambridge universities, along with several journalism awards.