I popped into town to get a photo of the street with the building coming down – as to me it’s quite symbolic of where are are at the moment in Christchurch. Things are still changing, but some things have kind of stayed the same – we still have the beautiful New Regent Street.
The street has a number of Children’s artwork on the cordon fences, a nice touch.
The best show in town at the moment… I’m not sure what it is that so engrosses some of us to watch these building demolitions. I know many people can’t watch or have no desire to at all. But for those who are interested in the process we are entranced by the animal-like quality of the demolition machines we see at work in our city.
This is Christchurch… a latte to go with a side of demolition.
Here’s a video I also took of the demolition of what was also known as URS House.
At about 10.30am this morning I walked down the Re-Start mall and noticed they’d started demolishing this building (it had been a week or more since I’d been into the mall).
At about 12pm I walked past again to find it was now in a big pile of rubble.
That’s pretty fast work I think… (guess there was really just the façade left any way). But still, it’s kind of weird living in a city that changes so quickly and very disorientating.
This is the Thomas Edmonds Band Rotunda. The dome is being saved but the rest of the building is being demolished. I wonder if they will rebuild it? I hope so, it was an iconic Christchurch building and it would be wonderful to have it back in the new Christchurch. I never got to dine at the restaurant that was in the rotunda (The Retour). I always meant to, but just never did.