Thursday, February 20, 2014

Summerhill Stone

Summerhill Stone was a type of concrete brick that was popular in the 1950's and 60's.
A big part of it's popularity was it came in many colors. This meant
it never needed painting and you could have all sorts of abstract geometric patterns.
The top pics is a motel in Reefton, which was the first town in New Zealand to have electricity.
The bottom one is the Methodist church hall in New Brighton that was built by my late Uncle Dick. As a tribute to his build quality, the brick church that stood beside it didn't survive the earthquakes. Sadly when the church was smashed up by the demolition company, they also obliterated a rare old pipe organ. Rumour has it that it was one of only three made by a local Christchurch company. One may  speculate that had this organ been in a church 'on the other side of town' there would of been great efforts to save it and not let it trashed for scrape.

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