Christ Church Cathedral Darwin, located between the City Centre and the Waterfront on 2 Smith Street Darwin CBD, has some very interesting history and unusual architecture. It has doors - or I should say walls - on three sides of the wall that can be opened to allow a complete breeze through the building. Venting and large fans make the Cathedral suit Darwin's tropical weather. It still feels comfortable being inside this building, even without air-conditioners.
Christ Church Cathedral Darwin suffered some minor damage from the Japanese bombing of Darwin on 19 February 1942 during WWII. A bomb landed at the back of the vestry, blasting out the windows and riddling the roof and walls with shrapnel. The old church was then totally destroyed during Cyclone Tracy, about an hour after the midnight Christmas Eve service on 24 December 1974. Only the porch, which was erected in 1944 by military personnel during WWII, survived the 1974 Cyclone.
Rebuilt in 1977, as part of the renewal of Darwin following the devastation of Cyclone Tracy, Christ Church Cathedral Darwin incorporates new structure with elements of the old cathedral and modern design. The building achieved an Architect's award for Wilkins, Klemm and Morrison. The new building is simply stunning with some wonderful artwork, including the Cyclone Tracey Memorial Window, the Altar, paintings of Jesus' Baptism and the Annunciation.