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Bill Sutton House to be saved and restored

Hon Megan Woods

Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration

April 20 2018

Bill Sutton House to be saved and restored

The Government and Christchurch City Council have worked together to permanently save the historic home and studio of renowned New Zealand artist Bill Sutton on Templar Street in the red zone, Minister Megan Woods has announced.

“We want to save and restore this unique residence and garden, created by Bill Sutton, for future generations to be able to visit for its very special cultural and heritage significance.

“Bill Sutton was one of the most influential artists in New Zealand history and created most of his works in his studio at Templar Street.

“This property is in the residential red zone and is currently owned by the Crown. The house, the studio and the garden will be gifted to the City of Christchurch this year and will be leased to an appropriate governance entity.

“As Templar Street is part of the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor, LINZ is liaising with Regenerate Christchurch to ensure the heritage value of the Sutton property complements the regeneration proposals for the area.

“I’m thrilled this important piece of New Zealand’s history has been protected and will be available for Cantabrians to enjoy for years to come,” says Megan Woods.


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