Monday, March 26, 2012

Autumn Evening, Christchurch Central

Avon riverside, North Hagley Park.

The Cathedral, now off limits and undergoing demolition.

Yet more demolition: Detail of the Westpac Building.

Red zone checkpoints. Not the most rewarding job for army personnel.

Sydenham from the Colombo Street overbridge.

Colombo Street, City.

Police car, Moorhouse Avenue.

New Canterbury flags for the new stadium?

Colombo Street overbridge, sunset.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Before the Earth Moved, Part 5

Before: Shag Rock in its heyday.

After: Reduced to Shag Pile.

Old signs revealed by demolition, Manchester Street, about 1996.

'Education' panel, Queen Victoria statue, Victoria Square.

South Courtyard, Arts Centre, 1995.

The Press Building, Cathedral Square.

All Blacks victory parade crowd, New City Hotel.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Before the Earth Moved, Part 4

From the Price Waterhouse Building, Armagh Street.

Before: The vanished DTZ Building, Durham Street.

After: DTZ demolition, August 2011.

 Worcester Boulevard, late 1980s. The Avon Theatre at right, later the Holy Grail Sports Bar.

Boulevard Bakehouse.

Le Cafe, Arts Centre, Worcester Boulevard.

Arthur Barnett, Colombo Street, before it became the Bus Exchange.

TGI Friday's, later the Vic & Whale, Colombo Street.

Carlton Butchery, Victoria Street.

Noahs Hotel.

Cycle Traders, Manchester Street.

Exterior, Brooke Gifford Gallery, Manchester Street.

Edmonds Band Rotunda, Cambridge Terrace.

Warners Hotel, Cathedral Square.

Lost Lyttelton.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Before the earth Moved, Part 3

Yet more vanished Christchurch:

Colombo Street from the Cathedral, 1980s. The United Service Hotel was demolished in January 1990.

The Savoy Theatre, demolished 1993, is visible in the left distance.

Hair braiding at the Arts Centre.

Johnson's Grocers, Colombo Street.

Tattoo You/Dig A Tattoo, Addington. Survivor, still there.

The atrium, Park Royal Hotel.

Town Hall fountain.

Stu Buchanan's Garden City Big Band, Victoria Square, 14 August 2000.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Before the Earth Moved, Part 2

Christchurch as it was:

Bagpipes on Worcester Boulevard.

The Square in happier times.

9-11 mourners, Cathedral Square 2001.

Citizens' War Memorial, Cathedral Square.

Colombo Street, from the Cathedral.

Worcester Boulevard.

Buskers, old Post Office/Starbucks.

Skatenaked, Buskers Festival.

New Regent Street.

The late Park Royal, later Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Holy smoke, Rolleston Avenue.