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"The Press Building ? better than The Press LOL" Top 5 Page for this destination City Center Tip by Kakapo2

City Center, Christchurch: 128 reviews and 163 photos

  The demolished building had a distinctive tower.
by Kakapo2
  • The demolished building had a distinctive tower. - Christchurch
      The demolished building had a distinctive tower.
    by Kakapo2
  • The new building reminds of the city's history. - Christchurch
      The new building reminds of the city's history.
    by Kakapo2

Update August 2012

This beautiful building has been demolished. The Press has moved into a new building with tasteful heritage features in Gloucester Street (between Colombo and Manchester Streets).

The second photo shows the new building.

My review about the lost building and history of the paper:

The Press is Christchurch’s big newspaper. Like in all other big cities there is no competitor. If the people want to read local stories and information there is no alternative. NZ’s cities are one-paper-cities, and how ever you see it, this can be good or bad news. Bad because they would not have to care about the quality. Good because without competitor the reporters are not forced to sensationalise more stories than they already do.

I consider the quality of the Press very average, given the huge opportunities they have, thanks to an incredible lof of advertisements and space to fill. Although the chief editor writes a lot about innovation the spreading of stories over several pages – and if it only for the final ten lines – is prehistoric. Many stories are a complete waste of space because within the story the same facts are chewed three times, first in indirect speech, then in direct speech, and finally in a summary. Amateurish! And many reporters write as if they were the private secretaries of the persons they are citing.

The Press calls itself serious - contrary to British tabloids. The truth is that it is somewhere between tabloids and serious papers, with an incredible lot of rubbish blown up on the front page, just to sell more copies.

I would say, the quality and beauty of the Press building, just behind the Cathedral on the eastern side of Cathedral Square, is a lot more outstranding than the paper itself. Built in 1909, it is hailed as one of NZ’s best examples of the Perpendicular Gothic style. The features of this style is the strong vertical emphasis, and subtle changes of the window arrangements on each floor. The most stiking and distinctive feature of the corner building is its elegant tower containing a pigeon loft. The Press BTW was founded in 1861. At the time it even had to struggle against a competitor, the Lyttelton Times, founded in 1851. When the Lyttelton Times gave up in 1935 there were two morning and two evening papers in Christchurch. What a wonderful newspaper world!

Directions: When you walk along Gloucester Street, coming from the west, you will see the building on your right after having crossed Colombo Street.

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  • Updated Aug 19, 2012
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