Day 16: Something You Miss

I could go completely sentimental or I could go trivial… which did I choose? Well you’d better keep reading…

I miss pre-quakes Christchurch – well part of it anyway.

I miss the architecture around the city – you know those places you always thought were going to be there but then weren’t all of a sudden.

You walk around the city centre and try to remember what was actually in that empty plot of land that has now become a makeshift car park.

Things changed forever in Christchurch on the 4th September 2010, although little did we know what would happen a short 5 months later on 22nd February 2011 where the city I knew and loved would be scarred – in more ways than one.

The city is rebuilding – what else can you do. But the memories are still there. Cathedral Square is still a place to meet. The Re:Start container mall has brought people back into the city – some for the first time in years.

Here are some of my photos of Christchurch pre-quake:

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Cathedral Square – the way it was. 90% of those buildings have now gone
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The Band Rotunda with the Pine Gould Building behind – both now gone
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The stunning Press building – The Press is a local Christchurch newspaper and this was their main building.. like a lor of buildings around Cathedral Sq, it has also gone
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The beautiful, now going Baptist Church on Kilmore Street
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The Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament – I use see this building every day when I went to Polytech over the road.It was very badly damaged in the quakes
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The Provincial Buildings on Durham Street – some of the oldest buildings in Christchurch
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Trams going through Cathedral Square – it’s good to see the trams back in Chch
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Building from 1884 on Gloucester Street – another building that is no longer a part of the city landscape
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The Rose Window of the Cathedral – I actually forgot I had this photo for a long time. I’m so glad I went and got photos from in side the CathedralΒ 
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The old Timeball Station (or as I like to call it, the Timeball Machine), sadly no longer with us. It was one of the last timeball stations in the world.
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And of course the Canterbury Cathedral as it was. Whilst the building is still in the same place, it is so badly damaged that it’s kind of sad to see now. There is still an argument going on around what to do with the building and land it sits on.. for my part, I would like to see it turned into a ruin like places in London were after the bombings in WW2. Make it a sanctuary in the middle of the city for people to come and reflect.

9 thoughts on “Day 16: Something You Miss

  1. wow, it is so nice yet strange to see all these photos of chch! at least we got a whole lot of new buildings out of it πŸ˜‰ But it is sad seeing all the ones that r gone πŸ™‚ thank you for sharing these!! πŸ™‚ xx

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      1. haha yes exactly!! πŸ™‚ the weirdest thing is, as u said, trying to remember what was in place of where there is a car park now! I was only 10 during the 22nd of Feb one and I wish I could remember more of the city! πŸ™‚

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      2. Oh wow.. you make me feel so old haha.. In one way I think what happened was kind of good (obviously not the loss of life) because it meant that the city had to really think about what was going to be in the city centre. But in saying that, I hate that we lost a lot of our heritage buildings.. some that were uniquely Christchurch

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