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Heritage Building Restored to Former Glory
Friday, 24 August 2012
The Rangiora Chamber Gallery, Citizens Advice Bureau office and community meeting room that occupy a heritage building within the Rangiora Library have been restored to their former glory after six months of strengthening and repair work.
The building sustained damage during the earthquakes and was closed after the June 2011 earthquake meaning the Citizens Advice Bureau had to temporarily relocate to the Dudley Park Pavilion.
As a Category 2 Heritage Listed building, the Waimakariri District Council was required to work closely with the Historic Places Trust (HPT) to undertake the work, which involved removing a badly damaged chimney, cleaning the Chamber Gallery’s stained glass capella and strengthening the building to bring it up to 100% of New Building Standard (NBS).
Waimakariri District Libraries Manager Phillippa Ashbey says she is delighted with the result of the work and the reopening of the Chamber Gallery, Citizens Advice Bureau and community meeting room.
“There has been a lot of very positive feedback about the Chamber Gallery restoration and a good number of visitors viewing the current exhibition. The blessing of the gallery and opening of the ‘Te Whai Ao’ exhibition on Friday 10 August set the scene for its renewed success as an exhibition and concert space.”
The current show, ‘Te Whai Ao’, will run until 12 September.
Future shows will include:
- 16 September – 18 October: Peter Carson, Painting
- 21 October – 29 November: 150th exhibition at Chamber Gallery featuring works from the Waimakariri Art Collection Trust
- 2 December – 9 January: Sharon Earl, Sculpture.
Waimakariri District Libraries Manager
Phone: (03) 311 8900 ext. 8610
Manager Community and Recreation
Phone: (03) 311 8900 ext. 8600
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