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Location: 69-75 Manchester Street, Central Christchurch
Current Status: Demolished post-earthquake, replaced by commercial buildings
Active as a live music venue: 2000’s
Bar Manager: –
Cecil House was an old retail and residential building on the corner of Manchester and Welles street that was eventually damaged, then demolished after the Canterbury Earthquakes of 2010 / 2011.
Though original built as a Hotel around 1905, by the 1980’s the building had become a mix of residential accommodation and retail shop-fronts. The building itself had fallen in to disrepair and became suitably cheap accommodation, with quite a few musicians occupying flats in the 2nd and 3rd floor during the 1980’s and 1990’s.
As a result quite a few large-scale house parties were held here during the 90’s and in to the 2000’s.
Built around 1905, originally as a Hotel
Fell in to disrepair during the 1980’s and 1990’s
Many musicians lived here during the 1990’s and 2000’s
Damaged then demolished after the Canterbury Earthquakes of 2010 / 2011