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St Johns in the City

Project Summary

Client: St Johns in the City Presbyterian Church

Project Type: Heritage

Project Timeframe: 2018-2020

Architects: Russell Murray R&D Architects

Project Description

St Johns in the City is a beautiful Category 1 Heritage Building that was constructed in 1885 from kauri and other native timbers to a design by prominent Wellington architect Thomas Turnbull. Over the years it has seen many significant gatherings such as the funerals of former prime ministers Peter Fraser and John Marshall.

LT McGuinness carried out extensive earthquake strengthening and restoration. The spire, with the cross at its apex high above the city, is the church’s defining symbol. The strengthening occurred from the cross to the foundations, with restoration and repainting inside and out, particularly of its all-embracing timber facade. Borer-affected timber was replaced and decades of old paint was stripped away.

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