Ōtautahi Christchurch Architecture — revised edition reviewed by John Daly-Peoples


John Daly-Peoples has reviewed John Walsh and Patrick Reynolds’ latest city walking guide, Ōtautahi Christchurch Architecture — revised edition on New Zealand Arts Review.

He writes:

‘It’s not often that books on architecture are best sellers but architectural writer John Walsh and photographer Patrick Reynolds have just brought out the second edition of Ōtautahi Christchurch Architecture: A Walking Guide, an update of their guide published in 2020. This follows on from their successful publication of Auckland Architecture: A Walking Guide, which came out in its second edition last year.

This new edition of Ōtautahi Christchurch Architecture includes twenty-five additional buildings constructed since the 2010 earthquake.

Walsh notes that “although many buildings in the central city had been destroyed in the quakes, or demolished after them, a number of important buildings had survived sufficiently intact to be saved and restored. . . . There have been definite losses, such as the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament (1905), which was a nationally significant building, but there have been some impressive heritage wins. Miles Warren’s Town Hall from the 1970s, for example, has been beautifully restored”.’

Read the full illustrated review here.