Local Heart, Global Soul

August 14, 2018

Trying To Identify The Past, In The Present…

Continuing from yesterdays post, Himself and I make our way to the traditional centre of the city of Christchurch: The Square. This is the area of Colombo Street near it’s Armagh Street intersection, opposite Victoria Square. The Forsyth Barr building is slightly to the right of this photograph.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I forget exactly what was next to the red brick building in the centre of the next photograph, but Farmers Department store was to the right of it…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

It kind of looks likes something that wouldn’t look out of place on a Parisian street. It has a very French style to it I think….

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

New building on the Armagh, Colombo street corner.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Inside the Square. looking at where a new Convention Centre is being started (Yellow crane area)…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I knew this building as Noah’s Hotel. Apparently it had a change of ownership and name which I have heard and sort of know, but can’t recall at this moment.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

It looks rather sad at the moment.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I’m not at all sure if this is an indication that the building is not destined to live in it’s current form, is demolition imminent? Repair? It’s hard to tell.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The historic former Visitor Information Center in the background is undergoing some serious repair measures…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

There used to be a Picture theatre here and a cluster of little shops in older buildings…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

We will try and drive closer to the Visitors Centre later.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Zoom lens comes in handy.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

In the photographs below, Isn’t this where the historic building was that had a “particular” makeover in the 1980’s? The one where they were not allowed to do away with the beautiful historic façade, so they gutted the rest of the building and grew a glass high-rise out of the top of it? It was the strangest looking architectural “marriage” you have ever seen.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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