Christ Church Cathedral needs to stay

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“OPINION: On Friday, a Court of Appeal decision cleared the way for the Church Property Trust (CPT) to continue demolishing the earthquake-damaged Christ Church Cathedral. Psychiatrist Alma Rae says that the urge to take it down seems to be based on fear. Last year The Press ran a poll seeki …

Second cathedral campaign group to fight

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“A legal wrangle over Christ Church Cathedral’s fate is far from over despite a court ruling demolition may proceed. The Court of Appeal dealt those fighting for the landmark’s restoration a hefty blow on Friday when it dismissed an appeal against a High Court decision allowing th …

Cathedral deconstruction OK, court rules

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“A legal battle to stop Christchurch’s landmark cathedral being demolished has been lost. In a decision released today the Court of Appeal has upheld a High Court decision clearing the way for the Church Property Trustees (CPT) to continue demolishing the quake-damaged Christ Church Cat …

How to actually save a cathedral

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“It looks like a modern-day miracle and you could forgive people for wanting to take a closer look at a building that appears to be floating. The Provo Tabernacle in Provo, Utah, was gutted by fire in December 2010. Instead of demolishing the whole building, the residents decided they wanted …

Threat to world heritage

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While I was in the midst of preparing the manuscript for my new book Imperial Gothic  a few years ago, a series of devastating earthquakes struck the New Zealand city of Christchurch. These quakes, of which there were two major ones between September 2010 and February 2011, caused widespread dam …