Cathedral renovation: transforming life

Four years ago it was more Jezebel than Jesus, but now Tasmania’s Anglican Church has reclaimed a former strip club next to its cathedral in Hobart.

The old building next to St David’s has been scrubbed clean and redeveloped as part of the cathedral’s six-year restoration.

The “Players” nightclub exposed Hobart’s grubby side to Sunday worshippers.

But the Anglican Dean of Hobart, the Very Reverend Richard Humphrey, says that has now changed thanks to a $4.1 million restoration of the cathedral precinct.

“It’s great to have light going into what was once a dark place. It’s really exciting for the congregation to have that facility available.”

He says the new Bishop Hay centre will be used as a Sunday school and child care centre.

The Rev. Richard Humphrey says the repairs to what is Australia’s second oldest Anglican cathedral will preserve it for future generations.

“The cathedral has both a historic place in the heart of Hobart. It also has a spiritual place in the heart of Hobart as a building that always has its doors open.”

Article, Former strip club sees the light  and it also links to Video of ABC TV News interview with the Dean. The beautiful Cathedral window which I see as I lead worship is also featured – worth saving to your pictures file for inspiration.

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