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Fate of ChristChurch Cathedral

Behind the scenes

Bishop Victoria Matthews announced this afternoon that nearly all of ChristChurch Cathedral is to be demolished. Often described as the heart of Christchurch this is a huge loss as the building has been an icon to those living and visiting the city since its completion in 1904.

Ken Hall ChristChurch Cathedral 2011. Photograph

Ken Hall ChristChurch Cathedral 2011. Photograph

James Fitzgerald The Lighted Pillar 1931. Etching and aquatint. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, purchased 2001

James Fitzgerald The Lighted Pillar 1931. Etching and aquatint. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, purchased 2001

Ken Hall William Sutton designed stained glass windows The Transfiguration 1982. North wall of ChristChurch Cathedral

Ken Hall William Sutton designed stained glass windows The Transfiguration 1982. North wall of ChristChurch Cathedral

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Exhibition
Above Ground

Above Ground

An exhibition exploring the impact of architecture, imagination and memory.

Collection
The Lighted Pillar
James Fitzgerald The Lighted Pillar

Christ Church Cathedral, a defining symbol of this city since its consecration in 1881, was designed by the English architect George Gilbert Scott, with input from the local supervising architect Benjamin Mountfort. In its present earthquake-damaged state it represents a significant challenge for this city’s church, civic and cultural leaders.

James Fitzgerald and the younger John Mills Thomasson were both British-born commercial artists who settled in Christchurch: Fitzgerald in 1923, after twenty years in Auckland, and Thomasson after serving in Mesopotamia (Iraq) during World War I. Both produced etchings of local Christchurch views and exhibited with the Canterbury Society of Arts.

(Above ground, 2015)