Heritage is still worth something

Behind the scenes

Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū won a Civic Trust Award last night for the outdoor exhibition Reconstruction: conversations on a city. The exhibition on Worcester Boulevard closes this Sunday - the Reconstruction publication will be available within the next few days...


The award was given 'in recognition of the initiative and enterprise in raising the community's awareness and appreciation of Christchurch built heritage through a distinctive public event'.

(Very nice indeed, but did anyone at CERA take a tiny bit of notice?!)

Other Christchurch Civic Trust award winners were:

Valley Inn, Heathcote, 'Awarded in recognition of the revitalisation of a heritage site with the replacement of a complimentary building whilst maintaining an historical existing use'.

The Court Theatre, 'Awarded for initiative and enterprise in revitalising an unused grain store for the focus of cultural activity within a former semi-industrial environment... providing a much needed temporary theatre.'

Inveresk House, 17 Armagh Street, 'Awarded for the retention and upgrade of a building of significant heritage character on a key inner city education site and thereby retaining the residential quality of West Armagh Street.'

Further commendations were awarded for The Youth Hub, Barbadoes Street, and Kilburn House, St Margaret's College.

For further detail on the awards, click here

(Christchurch heritage is still worth something. Can the demolition stop?)