Restoration a mammoth task
More than 640 hours of work has gone into the St James Theatre, and there’s more to come.
The St James Charitable Trust spent four years pushing for its restoration since closing in 2007 and work is well under way.
Each stroke of the brush brings the project one step closer to completion but there are a number of complicated pieces to fix to return the theatre to its former glory.
St James restoration artist Keron Smith has been tasked with the mammoth project.
‘‘It has been hard but it is very unique work,’’ she says.
‘‘Restoring this heritage building is so important for performing arts in Auckland.’’
It’s not the first restoration project the Auckland Central resident has been involved in.
‘‘I had the opportunity to work at the Civic 15 years ago,’’ she says.
‘‘I’ve always been involved in some kind of art. I wanted to be involved in the St James.’’
She finds herself dangling from scaffolding in the St James foyer on a daily basis and there is no place she would rather be.
‘‘I’m just transforming this amazing theatre back to how it was to give it the respect it deserves.’’
Smith estimates there’s at least another three years of work left on the project.
St James restoration artist Keron Smith has put in some long hours but there is still plenty more work to be done.