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  The porch of the Trinity Presbyterian Church.
by Kakapo2

Akaroa?s Presbyterian Church is a restrained example of the Gothic Revival style executed in timber. It sits at the corner of Rue Lavaud and Rue Brittan, on the way to the Powerhouse Gallery and the French Cemetery. On Saturdays they hold a market there.

The first Presbyterian services were held in Akaroa in 1856 in a private home. In 1860, the young congregation built a small church for its worship (see 63 Rue Lavaud). The church was repaired in the mid 1870s, but by the mid 1880s was too small for its growing congregation. It was moved down the street and a new church, designed by Christchurch architect John Whitelaw, was built in its place. The new church opened on 13 June 1886. It is the town?s Presbyterian Church until today.

It is the most simple church building on along Rue Lavaud, especially as it has no clock tower. It is rectangular, has a steep roof, and restrained Gothic Revival detailing ? windows with triangular pointed heads, a string course and an attractive entrance porch. Inside the building is an open preaching space. The hall, at right angles to the church, was added in 1912.

Sunday service at 10.30am.

Address: 39 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa

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  • Written Sep 14, 2008
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