The historic Canterbury Provincial Council buildings are the only purpose-built provincial government buildings still in existence in the country.

Canterbury Provincial Chambers

Canterbury Provincial Chambers

The Canterbury Provincial Council Buildings are treasured by residents and visitors to the city, both for their historical importance and their beauty. The buildings are recognised regionally, nationally and internationally for their great architectural and historical significance.

The Canterbury Provincial Council Buildings, which are significantly earthquake-damaged, have been given the New Zealand Historic Places Trust's highest classification – category 1. They are also listed in the City Plan. Before their closure after the February 2011 earthquake, the buildings were in constant use for weddings, school educational visits and historic tours.

Stabilisation work has been completed. Investigations indicate that a large part of the facility may need to be rebuilt. There are also potential land issues.

The Council is continuing discussions with organisations that have an interest in heritage, including the Department of Conservation and Heritage New Zealand, about repair and strengthening options.