The Cenotaph Restoration

21 February 2011

The Cenotaph has just been revealed again after spending around five months veiled from public view while it was refurbished.

The newly refurbished Cenotaph by Parliament Buildings is all set for ANZAC Day

The newly refurbished Cenotaph by Parliament Buildings is all set for ANZAC Day

Scene of moving commemoration ceremonies and witness to many passionate protests, the Cenotaph, at the intersection of Lambton Quay and Bowen Street, was built in 1929 as a memorial to Wellingtonians who died in World War I and unveiled on Anzac Day 1931.

It's 12 years since it was last restored, and general wear and tear had taken its toll on the sealant between the blocks of marble.

During the refurbishment, all the jointing between the marble blocks on the main tower was removed and replaced.

The Council's Projects Officer, Vikki Muxlow, says the repairs will help keep the structure waterproof and sound for many years to come.

It's also been a great opportunity to assess the condition of the entire structure and plan for future maintenance over the next 10 years.

The memorial is listed as a heritage asset in the Council's District Plan and is also registered with the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.