Photographer's Note

The once beautiful Anglican cathedral is a sad sight. It's future prospects seem poor as it awaits final demolition after irreparable damage caused by the earthquakes of 2011.
I am posting part of the most recent history of the cathedral, borrowed from Wikipedia. It's worth your time to read the whole article and to see a photo of the building in its heyday.

The February 2011 Christchurch earthquake destroyed the spire and part of the tower and severely damaged the structure of the remaining building. The cathedral had been damaged previously by earthquakes in 1881, 1888, 1901, 1922 and 2010.
In late March 2012 work began demolishing the cathedral. The initial work involves removing the cathedral's windows and tower.
By 23 April 2012, nine windows had their stained glass removed and work had begun to slowly pull down masonry from the cathedral tower.
On 15 November 2012 the High Court of New Zealand issued an interim judgment granting an application for judicial review made by the Great Christchurch Buildings Trust, challenging the lawfulness of the earlier decision by the church to demolish the cathedral. This placed a stay on that decision and halted demolition of the cathedral.
While accepting that the application for judicial review should be granted, the court did not set aside the decision of the church at this stage. Because the diocese had indicated it wanted to rebuild on the site, its decision to demolish the building was "incomplete" but not unlawful. It was said that the diocese should have an opportunity to reconsider and complete its decision having regard to the interim judgment.
In granting the review, Justice Chisholm ruled the diocese must formally commit to rebuilding a cathedral in Cathedral Square, but was not required to replicate the cathedral as it stood before the quake. Justice Chisholm did not set any time frame but ruled that he wanted the review to take place "as soon as possible."

See Workshop for a frontal view- an even sadder sight.

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