Digital Photograph: Demolition of former Library and Fire Station, corner of Sumner Road and London Street, Lyttelton

Michael Davies
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06 Sep 2011
One landscape colour digital photograph taken on 6 September 2011 showing the demolition of 2 Sumner Road, the former library and fire station. This building was a private residence at the time of its demolition. Photograph taken looking north on Oxford Street. Also visible in the photograph are the Lyttelton Information Centre, an entrance to the Baden Norris Reserve and the Lyttelton Health Centre, with a temporary plywood wall.
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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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Oxford Street, Sumner Road
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