St Johns in the City's 1886 Church Building must be earthquake strengthened, costing $5.5m and we need your help to do it.Wellington
St John's Church Building at the corner of Willis St and McDonald Crescent, built in 1886 under famous architect Thomas Turnbull, is a Wellington gem. Built of kauri and other native timbers, it is irreplacable. It must be earthquake strengthened at a total cost now up to $6.5m.
Strengthening St John's will:
* preserve an important historic building as part of Wellington's heritage
* ensure the safety of those using the building
* avoid the risk of the building collapsing into Willis St in an earthquake emergency
* allow more use of the building by the whole community for concerts, weddings, etc
Strengthening is being carried out by L T McGuiness, who recently strengthened nearby St Mary of the Angels. Engineering work is under the supervision of BECA Engineers, to a plan by Dunning Thornton Engineers and under the advice of a Conservation Architect. The work will tie the Church to its foundations, brace structures at risk, replace rotten timber and tie the towers to the main building.
The funds raised will all help cover the cost of the major restoration work taking place and be spent only on that work.
St John's is using $1.2m of funds available from building sales and maintenance funds and has had generous help from Wellington City Council and Department of Internal Affairs Community Matters funding. Current and former members of St John's have given generously so that 76% ($3.2m) of the original targeted cost of $4.2m has been raised to date. Extra costs of replacing structural timber and maintenance have now taken the cost to $6.5m. People are continuing to give directly to St John's for the project as it moves towards completion, over $14,000 during February/March 2020 alone.
Your donation now will help get this important work completed by the expected finish date of July 2020 - a whole year after we first expected completion.
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St Johns Church was established in 1853. The category one historic church building was built in 1886. and must be earthquake strengthened costing $4.2m plus remedial work of $1.3m and needs help to meet the cost.