Photo Hunt October: Arnold Books, 11 New Regent St, 2006

Arnold Books - 11 New Regent Street - 6 June 2006.
Kete Christchurch New_Regent_Street_-_6_June_2006__DSCN3794 CC-BY_NC_SA 3.0NZ

Arnold Books formerly occupied Shop No. 11 in New Regent St.

29 October is New Zealand Bookshop Day.

Find more bookshop photos in Kete Christchurch

Christchurch City Libraries has been running an annual Photo Hunt in conjunction with the city’s Heritage Week since 2008.  The 2016 Photo Hunt is running again from 1 – 31 October. During the month of October we will be posting a series of images from earlier Photo Hunts.

Enter the 2016 hunt online or at your local library.

Kete Christchurch is a collection of photographs and stories about Christchurch & Canterbury, past and present. Anyone can join and contribute.

Photo Hunt October: Strumming on the Roof tops of New Regent Street, 1966

Strumming on the roof..
Highly Commended entry in the Christchurch City Libraries 2008 Photo Hunt. HWC08-ANZC-011 CC-BY-NC-ND-3.0 NZ.

Christchurch City Libraries has been running an annual Photo Hunt in conjunction with the city’s Heritage Week since 2008.  The 2016 Photo Hunt is running again from 1 – 31 October. During the month of October we will be posting a series of images from earlier Photo Hunts.

Enter the 2016 hunt online or at your local library.

Kete Christchurch is a collection of photographs and stories about Christchurch & Canterbury, past and present. Anyone can join and contribute.

Come and test out the new Gloucester Street Reading Room

Saturday 20 April is the opening date for New Regent Street. Our mobile van will be nearby from 10am to 4pm, giving you a primo opportunity to test out the new Reading Room.

This neat Transitional Reading Room parklet on Gloucester Street is adjacent to the proposed new Central Library site.

It is a Christchurch City Council initiative and the oversized furniture has been designed by F3.

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Reading Room

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New Regent Street

New Regent Street opened on 1 April 1932 by Christchurch Mayor D.G. Sullivan. We have in our collection these splendid 1931 New Regent Street plans.

Drawings & Proposed New Street connecting Armagh & Gloucester Street 29 April 1930 Drawings & Proposed New Street connecting Armagh & Gloucester Street 28 January 1931 Drawings & Proposed New Street connecting Armagh & Gloucester Street 25 February 1930 Drawings & Proposed New Street connecting Armagh & Gloucester Street - 29 April 1930

New Zealand Historic Places Trust reports:

New Regent Street  … is lined with two terraces of Spanish Mission style shops. The site now covered by New Regent Street and its terraced shops was once the location of the Colosseum, a building designed by Thomas Cane and erected in 1888. This building was first an ice skating rink, then a boot factory, taxi rank and finally, in 1908, Christchurch’s first picture theatre. In 1929 a company, New Regent Street Limited, was formed to develop the site of the Colosseum. The company’s architect, Francis Willis, who specialised in the design of movie theatres, decided that the street should be built in the Spanish Mission style … buildings in New Regent Street feature some of the classic traits of the style, such as the shaped gables, medallions, tiled window hoods, and barley-twist columns.The street was opened by the mayor of Christchurch on 1 April 1932. Only three of the forty shops were let at that time due to the Depression. The Depression also affected the construction of the street.

Strumming on the roof
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