St Paul's Church, Christchurch

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St Paul's Church
St Paul's Trinity Church
St. Paul's Trinity Church on Cashel.jpg
St Paul's Trinity Church in 2007
Coordinates: 43°32′0.2″S 172°38′34.6″E / 43.533389°S 172.642944°E / -43.533389; 172.642944
Locationcorner Cashel and Madras Streets,
CountryNew Zealand
Architect(s)Samuel Farr

St Paul's Church in Cashel Street, Christchurch, was a Category I heritage building registered by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust. It was demolished after the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake.


St Paul's Presbyterian Church in 1885, with its high tower that was lowered in 1962

St Paul's was built in 1877 as a Presbyterian church on the corner of Cashel and Madras Streets in the Christchurch Central City. It replaced an earlier church on the corner of Lichfield and Madras Streets built by a breakaway congregation from St Andrew's Church.[1] Both church buildings were designed by Samuel Farr.[2] In 1969, St Paul's merged with the Trinity-Pacific Congregational Church taking on a new name - St Pauls Trinity Pacific Presbyterian Church.[1] Rev. Leonard Jones and Kenape Faletoese lead the new multicultural church under its new format. The Pākehā membership of the church declined over the next three decades and by the time of its destruction in the February 2011 earthquake, the church membership was mainly of Samoan heritage.[citation needed]

On 5 August 2009, the church was the victim of an arson attack that caused considerable damage.[3] The building was restored, but suffered damage in the 2010 Canterbury earthquake, and partially collapsed in the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake. By June 2011, the church had been demolished.[4]

Heritage listing[edit]

St Paul's was listed as a Category I heritage building by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust on 2 April 1985 with registration number 305.[1] The building was removed from the register during 2011.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "St Paul's-Trinity-Pacific Church". Register of Historic Places. Heritage New Zealand. Retrieved 6 August 2011.
  2. ^ "The Architectural Heritage of Christchurch: 1. The Normal School" (PDF). Christchurch: Christchurch City Council Town Planning Division. October 1986. p. 5. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
  3. ^ "Church fire deliberately lit". The Press. 8 September 2009. Retrieved 5 August 2011.
  4. ^ Heather, Ben (8 June 2011). "Life ebbing for heritage buildings". The Press. Retrieved 5 August 2011.
  5. ^ "Lost heritage 2010-11". New Zealand Historic Places Trust. Retrieved 7 September 2011.