Digital Photograph: Earthquake Damage to the Norton Buildings on Oxford Street, Lyttelton

Michael Davies
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25 Feb 2011
One landscape colour digital photograph taken on 25 February 2011 showing damage to the Norton Buildings on Oxford Street. The photograph shows part of the first floor of the building and the façade collapsed onto the ground floor and out onto the street. The photograph was taken from St Davids Street looking west. Also visible in the photograph are the Lyttelton Lounge to the right of the Norton Buildings and Shadbolt House in the background. The roof in the foreground is the Lyttelton Health Centre.
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The design of many older commercial buildings was to build an imposing and decorative street frontage with lighter weight construction for the rest of the building. In many instances, this resulted in the collapse of the facade. Demolished within days of the 22 February 2011 earthquake, this building had been built in 1913 as Norton’s tearoom and Excelsior Dance Hall. At the time of the 22 February 2011 earthquake the building was for sale. It was partially tenanted by a souvenir shop and The Opportunity Shop.
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Oxford Street
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