Digital Photograph: Demolition of the former Library, Council Chambers and Magistrates' Court, corner of Oxford Street and Sumner Road, Lyttelton

Michael Davies
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11 Jun 2011
One landscape colour digital photograph taken on 11 June 2011 showing the demolition of the old Lyttelton Library, Council Chambers and Magistrates' Court on the corner of Oxford Street and Sumner Road. The photograph shows the upper floor of the building being demolished with a high reach digger. At the time of the 22 February 2011 Earthquake the building was in private ownership and was the premises of Moda Fotografica and a private residence. The building visible to the right of the photograph is the Lyttelton Police Station.
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The sense of loss felt when confronted with the collapse or demolition of an historic building is compounded when that building is also a home. While the community sees a gap in their familiar streetscape, and may question whether that loss is actually unavoidable, the owners of these buildings are also facing the decision about how to proceed with their lives. The question of whether a building can physically be repaired or restored is tempered by the question of whether that building can once again be a home in which its owners can feel safe and relax.
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Sumner Road; Oxford Street
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