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I love this sign on a seat outside the old High Street Post Office (now C1 Espresso).  It commemorates the Christchurch that was bulldozed by bureaucracy in 2015.

Nearby is an older plaque commemorating our first public water supply in 1864.

On the footpath there’s a barely legible sign which says “there’s nothing to see here.”

Perhaps this path, complete with bronze corgis, should be renamed revolution corner?

“This rebel area of town
could turn convention upside-down.”

 

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The High Street Post Office is one of very few old buildings still standing in central Christchurch.

High Street Post Offoce

High Street Post Offoce

It’s a fine example of the striped classical style and was built in 1932, after the Napier earthquake, to more exacting standards.  A structural upgrade helped it to magnificently survive the earthquakes of 2010-11.  The building is particularly noted for its fluted pilasters and balustraded parapets.  These days it’s occupied by C1 Espresso (who are responsible for a flourishing vege garden in front of the building), Alice in Videoland, and The Physics Room contemporary art space.  The Physics Room is up several flights of stairs, or you can reach it via an antique lift.   Above the gallery is a lovely old iron spiral staircase.

Spiral staircase

Spiral staircase

This leads to a small room and an exit to the roof, with a good view of inner city development.

View from the room at the top

View from the room at the top

We’re lucky to still have this architectural gem.

“Thank Goddess for P.O. on High
so many buildings went bye bye.”

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