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Monday April 9, 2012 on my frist visit to Lyttelton since the Feb 22 2011 earthquake. It was say to see so many buildings gone or about to go.

Lyttelton (Māori: Ōhinehou) is a port town on the north shore of Lyttelton Harbour close to Banks Peninsula, a suburb of Christchurch on the eastern coast of the South Island of New Zealand.

The 2010 Canterbury earthquake damaged some of Lyttelton’s historic buildings, including the Timeball Station. There was some damage to the town’s infrastructure, but the port facilities and tunnel quickly returned to operation. The overall quake damage was less significant than in Christchurch itself, due to the dampening effects of the solid rock that the town rests on and its moderate distance from the epicentre.

On 22 February 2011 a magnitude 6.3 aftershock caused much more widespread damage in Lyttelton than its predecessor due to its proximity to Lyttelton and a shallow depth of 5 kilometres (3.1 mi). Some walls of the Timeball Station collapsed and there was extensive damage to residential and commercial property, leading to the demolition of a number of high profile heritage buildings such as the Harbour Light Theatre and the Empire Hotel. Many other unreinforced masonry buildings were severely damaged.

Following the February earthquake it was suggested that the Timeball Station be dismantled for safety reasons. Bruce Chapman, chief executive of the New Zealand Historic Places Trust (NZHPT) said there was a possibility that it may be reconstructed. "If we can find a way to dismantle the Timeball Station that allows us to retain as much of the building’s materials as possible, we will do so." However on Monday 13 June 2011 a further 6.3 ML aftershock brought down the tower and remaining walls while workmen were preparing to dismantle it.

Much of Lyttelton’s architectural heritage was lost as a result of the earthquakes, as damage was deemed too extensive for reconstruction. By June 2011, six buildings in London Street in Lyttelton had been demolished, along with another four on Norwich Quay. The town’s oldest churches have collapsed, including Canterbury’s oldest stone church, the Holy Trinity.

History of Lyttelton:
Due to its establishment as a landing point for Christchurch-bound seafarers, Lyttelton has historically been regarded as the "Gateway to Canterbury" for colonial settlers. The port remains a regular destination for cruise liners and is the South Island’s principal goods transport terminal, handling 34% of exports and 61% of imports by value.

In 2009 Lyttelton was awarded Category I Historic Area status by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust (NZHPT) defined as "an area of special or outstanding historical or cultural heritage significance or value".

A home for Māori for about 700 years, Lyttelton Harbour was discovered by European settlers on 16 February 1770 during the Endeavour’s first voyage to New Zealand.

In August 1849 it was officially proclaimed a port.

Lyttelton was formerly called Port Cooper and Port Victoria. It was the original settlement in the district (1850). The name Lyttelton was given to it in honour of George William Lyttelton of the Canterbury Association, which had led the colonisation of the area.

In 1862, the first telegraph transmission in New Zealand was made from Lyttelton Post Office.

On 1 January 1908, the Nimrod Expedition, headed by Ernest Shackleton to explore Antarctica left from the harbour here.
(From Wikipedia)

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The Best Home Improvements To Improve Value

The Best Home Improvements To Improve Value

Given all the information resources in the homeowner’s fingertips today, finding the right home improvement advice could be tough. Home remodeling could be twice as hard and boring without reliable information for guidance. These advice provides you with proper home improvement advice.

In case you are buying a home, consider employing a professional home inspector. By doing this, you don’t need to rely by yourself eyes as well as the seller to inform you what may need to be fixed or replaced in the event you purchase the home. An additional group of eyes could spot things you might not have considered.

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Coronado Beach Homes

Coronado Beach Homes

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Wheeling, WV

Wheeling, WV

Stifel-Kossuth House

The 800 block was a fahionable area in the 1890s where many of Wheeling’s successful businessman built stately homes. This one was built for George Stifel who owned one of the largest dry goods stores in Wheeling. Later, famous Wheeling photographer George Kossuth lived there. The mansard roof has curved corner edges of ofee design, complimented by three dormer windows.

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Rome, NY

Rome, NY

Stevens Mansion / VFW No. 2246 — Rome native James Stevens, was the ruling force in the Rome Merchant Iron Mill, one of Rome’s largest industries in the 19th- century. He was also at the head of the city’s largest dry goods store, Jackson & Company, as well as the president of the Central National Bank of Rome. Steven’s began construction of one of Rome’s most magnificent mansions in April 1890. The site was regarded as the most desirable spot in the most fashionable part of the city. He worked in tandem with Syracuse architect Archimedes Russell to create an ornate Victorian palace of Potsdam red sandstone trimmed in Longmeadow brown sandstone. A three-story brick stable on the grounds is constructed of pressed brick and finished inside with the finest oak. Steven’s entered politics in 1866 at the age of 30 and went on to be in the forefront of the Democratic Party in New York for more than a quarter-century. He was in the state Senate and also served as mayor of Rome. The property was purchased by the Veterans of Foreign Wars in 1945. Located at 315 North Washington Street in Rome, NY. Source:

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