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Cecil House


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.


Location: 69-75 Manchester Street, Central Christchurch

Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand

Current Status: Demolished post-earthquake, replaced by commercial buildings

Active as a live music venue: 1990s – 2000s

All-Ages: House-Parties


  • 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

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