St Mary of the Angels, a Boulcott Street landmark, was the destination for a recent visit for Friends of Te Papa.

This Category 1 heritage building is the third church built on this site. Designed by well-known architect Frederick de Jersey Clere, St Mary of the Angels is an outstanding example of “ferro-concrete” Gothic design and is certainly his best known church.

The recent Seddon earthquakes, hastened the plans to earthquake strengthen this building and after almost 4 years of strengthening work it was officially reopened in April 2017.  In his tour of this beautiful and historic church, Father Barry Scannell gave us a detailed and fascinating account of this strengthening work.

Vivienne Morrell wrote an account of our visit and published the article on her website. It is a fascinating account and you can read it here.

Our tour was so popular, demand exceeded the numbers limit.  A repeat tour has been scheduled on Tuesday 26 September – details here.

Feature image: left to right Phyllis Mossman, Elizabeth Kay, Julie Middleton, Vivienne Morell