“The Christ Church Cathedral is the emblem of the city it stands in but its future looks bleak. A restoration expert, an architect and an architectural historian tell Paul Focamp that it is too valuable to be demolished.
After the February 2011 earthquake the Christ Church Cathedral looked as if it had been in mortal combat with a hellish brute sourced from the depths of the earth.
The spire lowered and entrance warped with lurching supports, it presented as a staggering Christian soldier, a punch-drunk paladin. Another solid push and it might topple over.”