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The Col'xtv Buir.mxos. Since tlie adoption of tliu Comities Act in tile Ashburton district the members and officials have had to put up wuh the inconvenience of occupying rooms most unsuitable for either their comfort or convenience. Their first few meetings were held in Quill’s hotel, and then for a few months a room was occupied in Montgomery’s buildings, which being found to be unsuitable, arrangements wore made with the Ashburton Road Board to occupy a share of their olhees, and there the business of the County has since been transacted. Such an important body as the County Council, however, felt that they required some suitable offices for their own convenience, and it was resolved to build chambers and clerk’s residence an a reserve behind Baring Square, and J. S. Bruce, Esq., was requested to prepare plans for the work, and he submitted alternative designs in brick and wood, the latter being adopted. The erection was submitted to public competition, and Mr Lusk, builder, of Christchurch, was successful in obtaining the contract at a price close up to £IOOO, whilst one of our local contractors, Mr Cleorge Parkin, obtained the contract for the clerk’s residence at £750. The buddings are now so near completion that a. good idea, can he formed of their appearance. The chambers have a neat but not very imposing appearance, the building being low and squat-looking. This is partly due to the site being on low ground. Tim architecture is Roman Doric, with pilasters and entablature, and a pediment over a porch in the centre of the front elevation, which faces East street, Baring square intervening between the street and building. The offices consist of Council Chamber, 29feet by RSfeet, entrance to which is gained from a spacious bail 12feet wide, which is entered from an outer perch. Opposite the Council Chamber are the Secretary’s room, IBfeet by 1-1 feet, and the Engineer’s room, ISfoet by 15fcet. At the hack of the Hall ia a strong room to which access may be obtained from either of the offices. A lavafory and other accessories are provided and tire whole of the interior arrangements are complete and suitable for tire purposes desigrted. The rooms are 14 feet in height and well lighted and ventilated. It is anticipated that the building will be completed in time for tire December meeting of the Coarrcik The (Secretary's residence is conveniently placed near the Chambers, and is a comfortable looking building irr the Italian style of architecture, having two bay windows in the front elevation arrd a verandah between thorn. The house containing two comfortable sitting rooms, four bedrooms, kitchen and scullery. The buildings help to relieve the bare appearance of Baring square, and are certainly a great acquisition to the Borough.

Nb’.v Hotet. Aiming the building now in course of erection in the township is a large hotel which is intended more especially to meet the mpiit ements af laboring men. It is being built to the order of Mr F. J. Butler, from designs prepared by Mr J. 0. Maddison, architect, of Christchurch, and as will bo seen from the following description admirably adapted for the purposes for which it is intended. The site of the house is at the corner of Cass and Havelock streets, having a frontage of G.l feet to the former and Do to the latter, the height of the stud is 23 feet, anc the parapet 3 feet, thus giving an elevation of 2(> fee!. The situation, although some 10 chains or so from East street, is a central one, having all the public buildings within a stone’s throw of it. The ground Hour is occupied by a dining-room, b2ft by 82ft, commercial room, 22ft ly 10ft, kitchen of same dimensions which is fitted with large range ami other necessaries, two liarparlors, each Lift If lift, the liar itself being 20ft by 10ft. !he main entrance fronts Cass street and lias glass doors leading into a roomy lobby and hall, and from this another glass door gives access to an ornamental staircase leading to the upper floor, h 1 1 0 ground floor has also store-rooms, large bed-rooms, and sitting rooms ; and it is intended to add a billiard-room shortly. A capacious cellar has been excavated under the bar, 20ft by 18ft, walled in with concrete. Upstairs sleeping acommodation for lodgers is provided by 14 bedrooms, all of which are roomy and well ventilated and lighted, having a height of lift to the ceiling. There are also .‘1 comfortable .sitting-rooms, so that lodgers may engage a suite of rooms if inclined. Two convenient bath-rooms are a feature in the house, and a balcony fronting Cass street alibrds a view of the surrounding country. A separate staircase leads to rooms provided for the employees of the hotel. Provision is made during the progress of the work for gas till through the building. Ail the walls and ceiling are hull and plastered, and the building ibimigbout is one creditable alike to the architect and the contractors, Messrs Baker and Brown, whose contract price is about £ P.IOO. \\ e heartily wish the proprietor success.

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NEW BUILDINGS IN THE TOWNSHIP., Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 18, 6 November 1879

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NEW BUILDINGS IN THE TOWNSHIP. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 18, 6 November 1879