Arthurs Pass Chapel

SH 73 - Arthur's Pass Village.
Arthurs Pass, Canterbury
Paul Pascoe was the architect. There is a wonderful view from the window, not a traditional landscape view but looking directly at a tumbling waterfall. Pascoe also designed the Christchurch Airport Terminal. Other buildings he designed include the Chief Ranger's house at Mount Cook; the former Christchurch Drainage Board Building, Christchurch. And a number of Modernist houses, mainly in Christchurch.

He was one of the key figures in trying to give Modernism distinctively New Zealand characteristics.

The Chapel is notable for its evocation of the forms of both a mountain tent and a Maori meeting house; for its use of vernacular materials, "native" to the area, boulders and timber; for interior features that reflect the activities of the area (e.g. the font is a tripod of three skis and there are ice-axe motifs on the pew ends).

This little Chapel has long been a favourite stopping point of many travellers over the pass who find it is perfect spot for a spell of contemplation half way over the Southern Alps one way or the other.

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