Press Company Building - Former site

Cathedral Square Christchurch
Christchurch, Canterbury
An example of Perpendicular Gothic applied to office needs, the Press building was designed by Architects, Collins & Harman.

James Edward FitzGerald, a runholder, politician, journalist and the first Superintendent of Canterbury Province, had founded the Christchurch newspaper, The Press, in 1861.

The first issue of The Press to be published from Cathedral Square was on 2 February 1909. A pigeon house on the roof remains as a reminder of the newspaper's pigeon post, which was used from 1886 to the 1920s in order to improve the Press' news services.

One of the earliest in Christchurch to be structurally constructed from ferro-concrete (reinforced concrete) the Press Building survived the Sept 2010 earthquake with relatively little damage. However in the February 2011 earthquake damage was more severe and one life was lost. The building is no longer.


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  • Christchurch Press Company Building
    Christchurch Press Company Building
  • The Cathedral Square façade
    The Cathedral Square façade
  • The south-west corner
    The south-west corner
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