Accession Number
2013.26.8
Brief Description
One landscape 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.
Production Role
Photographer
Production Date
06 Sep 2010
Production Place
Associated Event Notes
Depicts impact of
Associated Period
2010s
Associated Place
Merivale/Christchurch
Background
The Christchurch Chinese Methodist Church on Papanui Road sustained severe damage during the 4 September 2010 earthquake. The red placards placed on the door of the church indicate that the building was assessed as unsafe by the Christchurch City Council and no access was allowed. The building was an unreinforced red brick masonry building, which meant that many of the bricks in the taller walls were shaken loose.
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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