Architecture New Zealand (Sep/Oct ed) features Lakeside Soldiers Memorial Hall. Ian Lochhead has written a reflective article on the history and strong links the original hall built in 1917 had to the Leeston, Canterbury community. The community were instrumental in ensuring a replacement community hall was built after the original was damaged in the Christchurch earthquakes.
They remained closely involved in the design and build of their new hall. The AW project architect Hamish McLachlan's family have farmed in the district for four generations and his great-grandfather gifted the original land. The courtyard bricks were recovered from the original building. The community cleaned these bricks and they are now laid pride in place in the courtyard.
"For Lakeside's soldiers, it is a final barracks in which the memory of their sacrifice is perpetuated; for the local community, it is a source of pride that connects past to present. It will ensure that the sense of connectedness to place, which underpinned the desire to rebuild the 1917 hall, will continue into the future." - Ian Lochhead
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