Church of the Good Shepherd, Christchurch facts for kids
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Church of the Good Shepherd in March 2011
|Consecrated||31 May 1885|
|Heritage designation||Category I|
|Designated||2 April 1985|
|Architectural type||Gothic Revival style|
|Designated:||2 April 1985|
The Church of the Good Shepherd in Phillipstown, Christchurch, New Zealand was the oldest and last surviving brick church designed by architect Benjamin Mountfort (1825–1898). It was registered as a "Historic Place – Category I" by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.
The vicar of Phillipstown, Rev Hannibal James Congdon Gilbert, teamed up with an accountant (James Bowlker) and a storeman (Lewis Aylwin Carrell) to purchase the land for the church for £380 in September 1881. They onsold the Church Property Trustees for a nominal ten shillings in March 1883. The church, constructed in 1885, was designed in the Gothic Revival style with red brick with contrasting bands of stone, reflecting contemporary English architectural style A similarly detailed but larger church, St Johns Cathedral, was designed by Mountfort and built in Napier between 1886 and 1888. This was destroyed by the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake and thus left the Church of the Good Shepherd as Mounfort's only surviving brick church.
Mountfort's son Cyril oversaw the extension of the church in 1906/07.
During an earthquake in September 2010, the church suffered slight damage to its gables. Later that month, the church suffered significant damage to its interior due to vandalism. Major structural damage was caused the following February during the 2011 Christchurch earthquake. It was added to the list of demolitions by the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority later that year and has since been demolished.
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