17 High Street And Stewart Street, Marton
List Entry Information
List Entry Status
List Entry Type
Historic Place Category 2
Private/No Public Access
2nd July 1982
Horizons (Manawatu-Wanganui) Region
Pt Lot 3 and Pt Lot 106 Deeds Plan 480 (CT WN34D/134), Wellington Land District
The two storied brick corner building is designed in the Edwardian Free Classical style. The chamfered elevation is a common means of acknowledging the location of a building on a corner. The main entry is off High Street, near the corner with another entrance off Stewart Street. Windows on the ground and first floors are irregularly located on each street elevation.
Characteristic elements of the style in the hotel building include an asymmetrical façade, contrasting render and brickwork, decorative elements on the skyline, conventional Classical elements such as cornice, keystones, curved (segmental) pediments and quoins on corners. The parapet hides the roof, however, chimneys are visible which add to the skyline silhouette created by the pyramidal finials either side of the curved pediments. Other Classical elements included on the façade are the cartouche on the corner with "1916" and swags under the bracketed cornices denoting the curved pediments.
The style was popular with architects who wished to base their designs upon classical architecture but were unwilling to have their architectural talents fettered by an academic approach to classicism. British architect Edwin Lutyens and American Frank Furness were influential in popularising the style, which they saw as a development towards a modern style.
Elements comprising the street and side elevations are the most significant including:
brickwork to elevations
rendered base, window and door heads and sills, other original decorative elements of cornice, parapet copings, finials, quoins, keystones, swag, lettering, cartouche
timber fixed and opening double hung sash window
timber panelled doors
rendered chimneys and pots
rendered entry steps
metal vents to the base
Although not visible the rear elevation and roof are also of significance.
Please note that entry on the New Zealand Heritage List/Rarangi Korero identifies only the heritage values of the property concerned, and should not be construed as advice on the state of the property, or as a comment of its soundness or safety, including in regard to earthquake risk, safety in the event of fire, or insanitary conditions.