Seafarers' Chapel

Completed 2017

The little chapel at 235 Haven Road, Nelson, was in dire need of some TLC when our client purchased the Group B listed building three years ago. In purchasing the building he not only saved the site from being turned into another car yard but also took on the challenge of restoring the building.

Built in 1870, the building had originally sat on the sea edge serving first as a Seafarer’s chapel, haberdashery, storage and lastly a workshop for reconditioning boat engines complete with pulleys attached to the exposed trusses to lift the motors within the building.

After 145 years the chapel no longer sat on the sea edge due to port reclamation, the building had deteriorated structurally and the weatherboards had been covered in asbestos panels painted sky blue creating a very different kind of visual impact. The lean-to was in complete disrepair and the building had dropped off its original piles onto the ground as the structure rotted away.

Contractor: Gus Harrison

Photographer: Kate Macpherson

NZIA Nelson Marlborough Architecture Award 2018 - Heritage