Digital Photograph: Exterior of Christchurch Chinese Methodist Church

Sarah Murray
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06 Sep 2010
One portrait colour digital photograph taken on 6 September 2010 showing earthquake damage to the red brick building of the Christchurch Chinese Methodist Church, 165 Papanui Road.
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The Christchurch Chinese Methodist Church on Papanui Road sustained severe damage during the 4 September 2010 earthquake. The church still stands although financial constraints and changes to the building code meant a decision about the future of the church was delayed for a considerable period. The wooden spire featured in this photograph was removed on the 11 September 2010 and placed alongside the damaged building.
Many churches and community groups in Canterbury owned older buildings constructed of unreinforced brick or masonry. The damage caused to these buildings in the Canterbury earthquakes and the cost to restore or rebuild them to meet modern building codes has led to the decision to demolish many, such as the Christchurch Chinese Methodist Church on Papanui Road shown in this photo. This Church was demolished in August 2013. The shedding of bricks and stone from high walls during earthquakes caused considerable damage and ongoing concerns about public safety.
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