Story: Inner-city living

School conversion

School conversion

Opened in 1876, the Christchurch Normal School was one of the city’s most impressive public buildings. It fell into disrepair in the 1970s, and in 1980 authorities announced it would be demolished. A public outcry saw the building sold to a developer instead, who converted the former school into luxury apartments, Cranmer Court. The complex was substantially rebuilt, with only the street elevation and roofline remaining untouched. This view shows a newly completed block on the left and an uncompleted block on the right. Cranmer Court was significantly damaged in the February 2011 earthquake and was demolished in 2012.

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Philip Morrison and Ben Schrader, 'Inner-city living - Inner-city revival', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/23752/school-conversion (accessed 12 August 2020)

Story by Philip Morrison and Ben Schrader, published 11 Mar 2010