Don Donnithorne, New Zealand architect, Died at 90


Donald Ewart “Don” Donnithorne was born on July 31, 1926, and died on August 5, 2016.

He was a New Zealand architect based in Christchurch.

One of Donnithorne’s earliest designs was for the Evangelistic Temple, at the corner of Colombo Street and Moorhouse Avenue in Christchurch.

Don Donnithorne later works included the Wigram Air Force Museum, the Netball Centre in Hagley Park and the Millbrook Apartments in Carlton Mill Road.

His residential work included the Romeni house in the suburb of Cashmere, for which he was awarded a New Zealand Institute of Architects national award in 1979.

During the 1987 Queen’s Birthday Honours Donnithorne was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to architecture.

Donnithorne was also a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Architects.

During 2012, he published a book, entitled Don Donnithorne: an architectural journey, of his watercolours of places that he had visited.

He died in Christchurch.

Don Donnithorne passed away at 90 years old.