Wednesday’s ODT features Earl Hagaman’s thoughts towards the New Zealand Historic Places Trust, in relation to demolition of the former Butterworth Building and the former Bank of Australasia in High Street.
Some time ago the property owner received resource consent to demolish and redevelop the site for a one-storeyed carpark building. That was old news. However, the buildings slid into raw neglect in the period the property owner delayed starting the development work.
This year, demolition was carried out, to MANY local people’s dismay and deep regret. Yeah, just another Christchurch developer that turns a blind eye to our local context, our civic history and (to be further explored and defined) our unique sense of place @ The Exchange.
Built in 1883, Butterworth’s was designed by prominent Italian architect Louis Boldini – one of his few remaining buildings in New Zealand. The facade was remodelled in the Art Deco style sometime after 1938, losing its Italianate detail. More recently known as Smiths City, the building was demolished in September this year – contributing to a steady corporate destruction of the historic townscape fabric of The Exchange area.
Leading colonial architect William Mason designed the old Bank of Australasia building (left, nearly out of picture). This photograph taken late in the nineteenth century shows the original facade of Butterworth building (second from left).
See jaffabeaut’s photostream at Flickr showing Smith City’s demolition.
ODT noted recently that Earl Hagaman is one of the parties involved in negotiations (hag-gling????) for purchase of property needed to realign SH88 near the stadium. Hmmm.
We feel all warm and fuzzy, suddenly.
### ODT Online Wed, 2 Dec 2009
Hotelier slams Historic Places Trust
By Mark Price
Scenic Hotel Group executive chairman Earl Hagaman has condemned the Historic Places Trust over the way it dealt with his company’s demolition of old buildings in High St earlier this year to make way for a car park.
Earl Hagaman doesn’t appear to understand or accept the archaeological provisions of the Historic Places Act.
What a pitiful tirade he accomplishes in his letter to MPs and the media. Like a bear with a sore head.
We await the response of New Zealand Historic Places Trust, which is forthcoming.
Post by Elizabeth Kerr