Older brick buildings lacked resistance to the horizontal forces of the earthquakes and many were severely damaged. The decision to demolish the block of shops shown in this photograph was made within days of the 4 September 2010 earthquake. The brick building in the foreground is Knox Presbyterian Church; it also sustained structural damage to its brickwork. The walls of this church were deconstructed, and the rebuild design by Wilkie + Bruce Architects Ltd will accentuate the surviving wooden pillars and triple gabled roof.
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