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Demolishing Masterton's Opera House (1st of 3)

Demolishing Masterton's Opera House

Following the devastating 2010 and 2011 Canterbury earthquakes, in which many historic buildings were destroyed or damaged, local authorities became more wary of earthquake-prone buildings in their districts. One response was to demolish the most hazardous buildings. Masterton District Council took this approach with the town's 114-year-old opera house, which it considered too weak to survive a moderate earthquake.

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Ben Schrader, 'Historic places - Recent developments, 2010s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/42148/demolishing-mastertons-opera-house (accessed 1 December 2021)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 22 Oct 2014, updated 19 Aug 2016