Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Saint Peter And Saint Fran?

Thanks sooo much, you two!
They've done it again!
Sir Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh have saved an historic Seatoun (Wellington) church.
Jackson and his wife have bought St Christopher's Church (c.1932) in Seatoun for $1.06 million, saving the earthquake-risk church and neighbouring hall from demolition.
Now, the Miramar Peninsula Community Trust has been established to run the buildings for the community, and will lease the buildings back from the Oscar-winning couple.
The deconsecrated church has been closed since 2012, but will be available for weddings, recitals and christenings once strengthening work is done.
The couple made their latest purchase to ensure the buildings would not be lost from the peninsula.
It's the second time these angels have saved a Seatoun church: they bought the quake-threatened Our Lady Star of the Sea in 2007, saving it from development.
They also bought the site of Bats Theatre in 2011, securing its future. And together with Weta Workshop founder Richard Taylor and others, Sir Peter helped restore Miramar's now-stunning 1928 Capitol Theatre.

A great save!

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