Local Heart, Global Soul

September 20, 2018

Christchurch Normal School Survives…

As soon as you turn out of Cranmer Square on the Cranmer Street One Way system,  you can see the historic building of the “normal School” one block further up. As I explained in a previous post: https://kiwidutch.wordpress.com/?s=cramner   Cramner Courts: The Wrecking Ball Becomes a Hot Potato…

“‘Normal’ or ‘model’ schools are schools that provide teacher trainees with the opportunity to observe teachers and classes in action in a normal school environment. Christchurch Normal School was the first of this type in Canterbury, opening in 1876,  just after one in Otago.”

This building seems to have had a lot of earthquake strengthening before the quakes and appears o have withstood them with little damage, That said, I am of course only a casual observer passing by and know nothing of what may or may not be extensive damage in this beautiful building. At least it’s not a pile of rubble or  vacant plot of land like it’s sister building the Cranmer Courts one block further down the road. These photographs are also for my arty reference files the line and textures beg to be drawn. Gothic architecture is stunning and this beautiful building in the style is no exception.

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