From dust to dust

Crowd watches demolition of historic church

Last updated 05:00 29/07/2014
St Paul’s Church

DEMO JOB: A digger tears down the walls of St Paul’s Church on Seddon St as part of its demolition.

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A crowd gathered to watch the demolition of a historic Timaru church yesterday.

St Paul's Church on Seddon St was pulled down after earthquake-related damage deemed it unsafe and strengthening work was costed at $400,000 to $800,000.

Owner and developer Kevin Pateman said it was a historic moment with a lot of elderly people watching, reminiscing on family events held in the 1920s-built church. "Quite a sad day, there's a lot of respect, but we've got to move forward, it's time for a new lease on life."

It was planned to demolish the church earlier in the year, but salvaging significant building parts delayed the demolition until now.

The rimu floor, slate tiles from the roof, and rimu and cedar doors had been kept, Pateman said.

"Lot of recovery of good old building parts . . . too good to send to the landfill."

The stained-glass windows had also been saved and retained by the church.

Pateman also owns the land around the church. It is being subdivided into 14 sites.

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- The Timaru Herald

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