Benjamin Mountfort was an English emigrant to New Zealand, where he
became one of that country's most prominent 19th century architects.
He was instrumental in shaping the city of Christchurch. He was
appointed the first official Provincial Architect of the developing
province of Canterbury. Heavily influenced by the Anglo-Catholic
philosophy behind early Victorian architecture he is credited with
importing the Gothic revival style to New Zealand. His Gothic designs
constructed in both wood and stone in the province are considered to
be unique to New Zealand. Today he is considered the founding
architect of the province of Canterbury.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Charles X succeeded his cousin Christina to the Swedish throne.
The Chrysler Corporation was founded by Walter Chrysler.
The Battle of Normandy began with 155,000 Allied troops landing on the
beaches of Normandy in the largest amphibious military operation in
The Ed Sullivan Show went off the air.
A war in Lebanon began when Israeli forces invaded southern Lebanon to
root out PLO militants.
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