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ChristChurch Cathedral

General Information

Beginning of works: 1864
Completion: 1904
Status: under demolition

Project Type

Function / usage: Cathedral
Material: Masonry structure

Location

Location: , ,
Coordinates: 43° 31' 51.60" S    172° 38' 13.20" E
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Technical Information

Dimensions

height 64 m

Chronology

1881

Completion of the stone spire.

1888

The top 9 meters of the spire are disloged in an earthquake.

1901

The spire is rebuilt in hardwood with a copper sheathing.

4 September 2010

During the 2010 Canterbury earthquake, the bells of Christ Church Cathedral are heard ringing. They may have rung themselves as they are usually left in the "up" position. For safety reasons, the cathedral is closed following the earthquake to assess if any damage occurred.

22 September 2010

Deemed safe, Christ Church Cathedral reopens.

22 February 2011, 12:51

The top two thirds of the cathedral's bell tower collapse in a 6.3 magnitude earthquake. The main building (nave, etc.) remains largely intact.

March 2012

Because of the damage sustained in the earthquake and subsequent aftershocks the cathedral's structure is deemed unsalvageable by the owner. The decision is made to demolish the building and replace it with a new structure.

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  • About this
    data sheet
  • Structure-ID
    20024727
  • Date created
    03/11/2006
  • Last Update
    16/05/2019