Cyril Mountfort

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Cyril Julian Mountfort (5 October 1853 – 23 November 1920) was a New Zealand ecclesiastical architect. He was the second son of Benjamin Mountfort.


St. Peters Church in Springfield

Mountfort was born on 5 October 1853;[1] his surname is recorded as 'Mountford' on his birth certificate with registration number 1853/725.[2] He was educated at Christ's College and then studied architecture under his father, the prominent New Zealand architect, Benjamin Mountfort.

Mountfort worked in the same style and areas as his father, but is considered to be the lesser architect, lacking the originality of his father.[3] He worked chiefly in the Gothic revival style of architecture. He designed several churches in the city and suburbs of Christchurch and in the wider Canterbury region.

Within months of his father's death, he took over his practice.[4] This included taking over his father's position as supervising architect of ChristChurch Cathedral, and he oversaw the building's completion in 1904.[5] He served as president of the New Zealand Institute of Architects from 1909 to 1910.[6] His best-known work in Christchurch was St Lukes Church, which was finished in 1909 but was demolished after it partially collapsed in the 2011 Christchurch earthquake.[6][7]

On 30 August 1893, Mountfort married Mary Emilie Haworth at St Peter's Anglican Church in Wellington.[8] Mountfort died in Christchurch on 23 November 1920.[6] His health had been declining for some time.[9] He was buried in the churchyard of Holy Trinity Avonside.[6]

Buildings designed[edit]

Buildings with work by Cyril Mountfort


  1. ^ "Diary". Lyttelton Times. III (144). 8 October 1853. p. 7. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Birth Search". Department of Internal Affairs. Retrieved 7 June 2012.  - see talk page
  3. ^ a b "Mountfort, Cyril Julian". New Zealand Historic Places Trust. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Notice of Removal". The Press. LV (10052). 2 June 1898. p. 1. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "History of St Luke's in the City". St Luke's in the City. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Obituary: Mr C.J. Mountfort". The Sun (Christchurch). 25 November 1920. p. 4. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "St Luke's is being demolished". The Press. 6 July 2011. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  8. ^ "Marriages". The Press. L (8602). 2 October 1893. p. 3. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  9. ^ "Personal". Feilding Star. XVI (4157). 30 November 1920. p. 2. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  10. ^ "St Saviour's Anglican Church (Former)". Register of Historic Places. Heritage New Zealand. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  11. ^ "St Matthew's Anglican Church". Register of Historic Places. Heritage New Zealand. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  12. ^ "St. John's Memorial Church, Hororata". The Press. LXVI (13652). 8 February 1910. p. 3. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  13. ^ "Church of the Good Shepherd" (PDF). The architectural heritage of Christchurch. Christchurch City Council Town Planning Division. Retrieved 13 March 2011.