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GLASS GLORY: Graham Stewart is repairing and restoring Great Hall's stained glass window, at the Arts Centre.
Inset: FALLEN ROSE: The west face of the cathedral, including the iconic rose window, collapsed in the June 2011 earthquake.
By ANNA PRICE
NORTH LOBURN stained glass con-
servator Graham Stewart said he
would be jubilant if provision could
be made for heritage works and the
rose window in a new cathedral.
I think if they [architects Warren
and Mahoney] can do it, it will be
done, but there are a lot of issues
around financing this.
The diocese was caught out by the
Mr Stewart said although the rose
window was very'' badly damaged
he was confident he could fully
restore it to its former beauty. The
window, a feature of the west face,
survived the September and Febru-
ary quakes but broke loose from its
surrounds in the June 2011 shake.
It's now lying with a pile of junk
in the red zone,'' Mr Stewart said.
Without a doubt if we can find the
pieces we can save it and it could be
put back together again.''
The Anglican Church had a vested
interest in glass.
I think there is a time where this
will be discussed. If no provision is
made in the new cathedral for the
old stained glass this would be a hid-
eous decision,'' he said.
It would be unthinkable. We ris-
ked our lives trying to save these
windows and it would be just crimi-
nal not to rehouse them in a new
Mr Stewart said his first choice
was restoration of the original,
designed by George Street, an emi-
nent English architect.
Everything in the cathedral was
donated by parishioners or the pub-
lic, the council and the city's
forefathers. [Sir Heaton] Rhodes
donated the belltower. They've got to
pay homage to the past somewhere.''
He also favoured the contemporary
design option, but questioned the
To create something that is so
unusual with curves, an interesting
shape always costs more. I love stun-
ning architecture -- but it has to be
high quality material, like copper
If the old glass was incorporated,
Mr Stewart said he would be per-
Stained glass in my opinion is an
eclectic art form that draws a lot
from the past. The Mountfort family
donated that and influenced the
design. That window was a very,
very fine window.''
It was crafted in 1881 by artists
Clayton and Bell, reputable stained
glass artists of their times.
We'd been working for a year on
Stewart Stained Glass placed it
back in the cathedral in August 26,
It was looking great. We were
thrilled. Then a week later, the first
Amazingly, the rose window
survived intact through the following
quakes --- until the June 13 event.
By ANNA PRICE
PROMINENT CHRISTCHURCH architects
whose new interpretations of Christ Church
Cathedral were bagged by a British critic said
they would give more weight to respected architec-
tural comment from within New Zealand in infor-
med, intelligent debate.
The modern gothic and contemporary designs
are among three options released for discussion.
Kieran Long, senior curator of contemporary
architecture at London's Victoria and Albert
Museum, described the modern gothic reconstruc-
tion option as architecturally illiterate and like
something from the wild west''.
Anglican diocesan architects Warren and
Mahoney managing director Peter Marshall said
he was keen to debate the options with the New
Zealand architectural community.
We would tend to place more importance on . . .
respected architectural commentators in New Zea-
land,'' he said. They understand the context
within our nation, the architecture in our country,
and are more cognisant of the issues in this city.''
Warren and Mahoney is considering presenting
the full details of its proposals to the New Zealand
Institute of Architects' Canterbury branch, to
allow serious comment and debate.
The contemporary design was influenced by a
variety of factors, including an international study
tour of cathedrals last year headed by Bishop Vic-
What was clear is some commonality came out
of looking at a building's ambience of space, soar-
ing height, natural light, connection with the out-
side, a place where you can worship.'' he said.
We felt the form of the contemporary building
was very similar to a pair of hands in prayer.''
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