St Mary’s Church (Anglican)

St Mary’s Church (Anglican)


Building Details

Name of Building: St Mary’s Church (Anglican)
Location: Church Street And Sophia Street,
Date Plaque Unveiled: August, 2022
Current Owners: Anglican Diocese
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Brief Historical Information:

Constructed in 1880 on the site of the original church this fine work of Gothic architecture was
designed by W B Armson, one of the leading colonial architects. St Mary's was his last and most
important ecclesiastical commission.

Only the broad aisled nave approximately 24 metres long and 17 metres wide was completed to
Armson's design. The upper structure rests on six bays of graceful arches, each side rising from red
granite columns.

Arnson died in 1883 and the church was completed by his successors Collins and Harman in 1910, a
square tower and rectangular chancel being substituted for his original design. Built of dark grey
basalt with dressings of limestone the masonry is laid in high quality ashlar work.

Of particular significance is the three light war memorial windows set in the south wall to
commemorate the fallen of the two world wars. The porch at the western entrance was added in
1961 to match the existing masonry.

St Mary's Church makes a worthy townscape element in the heart of the city. Its splendid tower is
one of Timaru's best known landmarks.

Restoration and Current Owner Story

Coming soon...

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