Historic Christchurch wooden building to re-open – Radio New Zealand

Christchurch's oldest wooden industrial building will quickly be open once more.

Christchurch Heritage Trust chair Anna Crighton stands in the doorway of the historic Shands building

Christchurch Heritage Belief chair Anna Crighton stands within the doorway of the historic Shands building Picture: RNZ / Rachel Graham

The building, beforehand know as Shands Emporium, was in-built round 1860, and survived the earthquakes when throughout it was demolished.

In 2015 the building was bought to the Christchurch Heritage Belief for a greenback, after which moved to a brand new location throughout the central metropolis.

Belief chair Anna Crighton stated that round $500,000 has been spent on repairs and renovations.

That has included strengthening work, repairs to the ground boards, and bringing the building up to fashionable building code requirements.

Dr Crighton stated they had been in a position to preserve the unique staircase, home windows and fireplaces.

A brand new annex has been connected to the building, and it'll join to the historic Trinity Church subsequent door by a coated walkway.

The building has been repainted within the inexperienced and pink colors it stood in for a few years, and Dr Crighton stated she has had a gentle stream of individuals stopping and reminiscing about previous visits.

"They're strolling previous and the suggestions I've had is - I can keep in mind getting in there, I can keep in mind this, I keep in mind that. Simply an enormous nostalgia and reminiscences of the place.

"You consider how many individuals have walked throughout this ground within the final 150 years and also you get an thought of how essential it's to save these buildings. "

The belief was now in search of somebody to tackle the the lease or possession of the building, Ms Crighton stated. If the building was bought it will have a covenant connected to defend it lengthy-time period.

The building began life as a lawyer's workplace however has had many guises over time, together with an vintage store and a second-hand e book retailer.

The Christchurch Heritage Belief can be engaged on restoring the Trinity Church building, a stone building which was first opened in 1875. It stopped working as a church in 1973.

Each Shands and the Trinity Church building are class heritage buildings.

Dr Crighton stated that together with the close by State Insurance coverage building and previous Authorities Buildings, the world from Cathedral Sq. up to Manchester Road had turn out to be a really vital space for heritage in Christchurch.

"We misplaced almost 400 heritage buildings in Christchurch within the earthquakes. That was an enormous gap to take out of reminiscences and previous, one that may by no means get replaced with glass and metal."

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