16 Sep 2013

Council votes to restore Sign of the Takahe building

6:01 am on 16 September 2013

Christchurch City Council has voted to restore one of the city's most famous heritage buildings - the Sign of the Takahe.

The category one heritage building, which is built in a Gothic revival style, suffered substantial cracking during the earthquakes.

It needs $3 million worth of repairs to bring it up to 67% of the new building standard.

Christchurch city councillor Yani Johanson says that cost will likely be split about 50-50 between the council and its insurer.

Mr Johanson says it's fortunate the heritage building is economical to fix, unlike many others throughout the city.

He says the building stood up remarkably well considering what it has been through.