The Changing Face Of Invercargill
Big things are starting to happen in my hometown of Invercargill. In fact the changing face of the city means that what you see today may not be visible tomorrow.
For a long time I had been intending to head downtown and take photos of the old Langlands Building on the corner of Don and Dee Streets where the local Licensing Trust has just started work on a new hotel development.
Unfortunately I left my photo taking expedition too late as the buildings earmarked for demolition to make way for the new hotel are now shrouded with a high plywood fence with demolition work due to start shortly and be completed by late March for construction to begin.
Built in the late 1800s the Langlands Building is listed only as a Class 2 heritage building so it is not protected. Because of the earthquake risk the old building posed it was decided to demolish the building completely, and the old facade will not be incorporated into the new design so will disappear completely, which is quite a shame.
In the meantime this all means more traffic upheaval in the town centre, but I guess that is the price of progress and an unavoidable part of the changing face of Invercargill.