The Catholic Parish of St Patrick’s carried out situation and engineering studies earlier this 12 months, and has since been contemplating the ramifications for the way forward for its 128-year-old church in Colonsay St.
Parish chairman Geoff Blackmore stated the church’s ageing congregation of about 20 folks was torn between conserving one of many city’s most interesting historic buildings, and securing the way forward for its different belongings.
Because the church was such a notable native construction, the parish additionally wished to seek the advice of the broader Lawrence and Otago neighborhood for its views, he stated.
“As you may see it’s an attractive and outstanding constructing, with a advantageous inside and what we’ve been advised are some first-class stained-glass home windows.
“Sadly, there are a number of important parts of the construction that now want main work to preserve the church correctly, they usually’re merely past the manpower and monetary assets of the present congregation.
“We’d love to listen to what folks suppose, and for them to share any optimistic concepts in direction of securing its future.”
He stated work recognized included full reroofing, refurbishment of about 25 home windows, minor earthquake strengthening, and addressing rising damp.
He estimated complete funding of greater than $1million could be required.
The plastered, double-brick church — designed by Dunedin architect Francis Petre — was a class 2 heritage-listed construction, which meant unique architectural options must be preserved wherever attainable.
These days, the parish used it just for summer season providers, and for one-off events resembling funerals and weddings, Mr Blackmore stated.
“We normally meet weekly for mass at one other of our two neighbouring buildings, so one choice into consideration is promoting the church, and securing what we’ve got subsequent door.
“However we’re conscious as soon as offered, we and the city lose management of the constructing, and that is probably not one thing folks need to see occur.”
He stated analysis had revealed church buildings elsewhere in New Zealand had efficiently utilized for funding for restoration tasks of comparable scale.
“It’s simply concerning the urge for food and vitality folks might need to see that occur.”
The parish would maintain a neighborhood assembly in February.
These wishing to contact Mr Blackmore within the meantime might achieve this by calling him on 027 471-5242.