With fine sunny weather today (sandwiched between two days of chilly, showery, wintery weather) it was a great day to get out and about, and away from my desk for a few hours. It ended up being a nice afternoon to take a walk around the Arts Centre for the first time in ages - between the first wave of Omicron, and our very own "Camp Covid" from the rabid "Freedumbs" crowd just around the corner, it's been a while since I've been to this part of town.
Here are some highlights from the afternoon. Unfortunately, I only had my phone with me today, though things turned out relatively ok in the end I guess...
Restored Arts Centre Observatory Tower
The Arts Centre used to the campus for the University of Canterbury when it was first founded in the 1880's up until the mid 1950's / 1960's. Back then, it was part of "University of New Zealand", where it initially was known as "Canterbury College". Thus, the "Observatory Tower" used to be an actual research + teaching facility, containing a telescope used for those purposes. It was, like the rest of the Arts Centre, badly damaged in the 2011 Earthquake. Earlier this year, the restoration project finally got around to restoring this building - it is now home to a boutique hotel.
It was nice seeing this all restored for the first time in years!
"Old Botany" Corner
The "Old Botany" corner just beside the tower is a particularly cute little nook!