Located on Hackthorne Road And Dyers Pass Road, Cashmere, the building is listed as an Historic Place Category 1.
Sign of the Takahe is a City Plan Group One building and an Historic Places Trust Category One building. This means it is of national significance and has been assessed as having heritage value beyond the Canterbury region.
The Sign of the Takahe is a part of Harry Ell's Port Hills legacy to Christchurch and an outstanding example of architect J G Collins' work in the Neo Gothic style.
There is more information about the listing at the Heritage New Zealand website(external link).
The building suffered moderate damage in the form of cracking to stone masonry walls and the loss of several parapet stones.
The treasured facility at 200 Hackthorne Road, which was a restaurant and function centre before its closure after the February 2011 earthquake, has been repaired and strengthened to 67 per cent of New Building Standard.
Once compliance is confirmed, the building will be returned to the Council in May 2017, where plans for reopening can begin.