Apr 26, 2009

Cathedral Square Tourist Kiosk


Virtually unchanged in layout for more than a century, Christchurch's Cathedral Square underwent redevelopment as a reduced-traffic plaza in 1973. The following year saw the Commonwealth Games staged in the city and a tourist kiosk (above Left) became a familar counterpoint to the nearby and still extant police kiosk in the square.

The tourist kiosk went on to become the forerunner of what is now known as the Christchurch i-Site in the former Post Office of 1879. In 1999 the plaza was remodelled with more durable Granite replacing the red tiles. Shortly thereafter the old kiosk was removed and now survives in a suburban Bromley builder's yard.

4 comments:

Jayne said...

That would do as a kiddies play area, fully enclosed, lockable doors, parents having child-free time....could make a fortune!

Canterbury Heritage said...

I'd like to cart it out into the bush and do something a la Walden Pond with it.

Sarndra said...

Ahhhh now i think i saw that beside the Bromley sewerage farm...would that be right?

Canterbury Heritage said...

Nope, it's in Maces Road next door to the old Bromley School reserve, from where it's visible above the fence (I went in and asked if I could take the pic).