Historic Places Canterbury Media Release:
Bishop’s decision to demolish the Basilica, the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Christchurch-
Mark Gerrard Chair of Historic Places Canterbury:
“Historic Places Canterbury is very disappointed to hear that Bishop Martin has chosen to demolish one of our finest neo-Classical Buildings.”
“The Basilica is one of New Zealand’s most iconic and beautiful neo-classical buildings.”
“George Bernard Shaw preferred the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Christchurch to our Christ Church Cathedral.”
“Historic Places Canterbury is surprised the Bishop appears to have lost faith in the cost of restoration of this unique beautiful heritage building”
“The Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Christchurch has for many generations been a beacon of faith and inspiration. Today we are left with the impression that cost and location are more important considerations.”
"Christchurch has lost many special heritage buildings under the CERA Section 38. CERA’s legacy still lives as it is being used to demolish a heritage building and bypass the RMA. "
Chair Historic Places Canterbury
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