All Saints about to be A-OK

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS -

Palmer­ston North’s his­toric All Saints Church has staved off a date with the wrecker’s ball.

The par­ish has united to save the his­toric brick build­ing on the cor­ner of The Square.

The city’s largest brick struc­ture was ded­i­cated in May 1914, and has been closed to the pub­lic and parish­ioners since Easter 2013, fol­low­ing an as­sess­ment that found it met just 3 per cent of the New Build­ing Stan­dard.

In limbo since then, the costs to de­mol­ish and to strengthen the church were es­ti­mated both at around the $4 mil­lion mark.

On Sun­day, more than 120 mem­bers on the par­ish’s elec­toral roll voted unan­i­mously to strengthen and en­hance the earth­quake-prone build­ing and bell tower.

The strength­en­ing op­tion with the least im­pact on the look of the church would see steel ten­sion ropes drilled ver­ti­cally through the brick walls, braced against con­crete foun­da­tions be­low, and a con­crete beam above. Some brick para­pets would also be re­moved, but the his­toric pipe or­gan could stay put. Im­prove­ments to elec­tri­cal wiring and light­ing along with con­struc­tion of a cov­ered en­trance­way on Church St, could be car­ried out at the same time.

Vicar John Mar­quet says the de­ci­sion was a mile­stone in the church’s his­tory, and would pre­serve a build­ing for which the com­mu­nity held great af­fec­tion.

PHOTO: MUR­RAY WIL­SON/ FAIR­FAX NZ

All Saints Church on The Square is to be pre­served

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