Topic: Beckenham Baptist Church, 146 Colombo Street

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The Colombo Street Baptist Church was built in 1930, and demolished after the 2011 earthquakes.

Beckenham Baptist Church. Beckenham, 26 September 2007 The Colombo Street Baptist Church built in 1930 was the culmination of a decade of fund-raising and planning by Sydenham's Baptist congregation. 

The site was acquired in 1922, and a Sunday School hall built in 1924 to serve as an interim church whilst preparations were made for the new building.  The 1930 church has historical and social significance for the effort put into its achievement, and particularly for its association with the Rev. J K Archer, the congregation's minister from 1919, who was the prime mover for the new building.  Archer was also a sometimes controversial campaigner on social issues and a popular local and central government politician, serving three terms as Christchurch's Mayor between 1925 and 1931. 

The building is one of the few inter-war churches in the city to adopt an overtly modern architectural idiom; in this case a stripped Deco interpretation of the Spanish Mission style.  Popular in the US from the late 1900s, the style took its lead from the 17th and 18th century Spanish Baroque buildings found in the southern states.  The building was designed by architects Greenstreet and Anderson in consultation with leading city architect, Samuel Hurst Seagar.



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