310 Princes Street, Dunedin
List Entry Information
List Entry Status
List Entry Type
Historic Place Category 1
Private/No Public Access
26th November 1987
Pt Sec 31 Blk VI Town of Dunedin
Historical Significance or Value
The hotel was an expression of the wealth of Otago's gold mining period. Job Wain's opulent Victorian interior matched the façade in style and was grand enough to make the hotel famous throughout Australasia.
The façade is typical of the development of this classical style in New Zealand.
An important Victorian façade close to the Queens Gardens precinct of Victorian buildings.
No biography is currently available for this construction professional
ARCHITECTURAL DESCRIPTION (Style)
The style of the façade decoration is Italianate Classical Renaissance.
Modernisation in recent years has completely transformed the interior and no vestige of its Victorian grandeur remains. Except for fire escapes the façade is relatively unmodified.
The carved figures of Neptune and other classical figures over the doors.
Materials used are Port Chalmers breccia for the pediment, Oamaru stone for the walls, triple brick for interior bearing walls and slate for the roof.
L. Galer, Bricks and Mortar, Allied Press Ltd, Dunedin, 1982.
This historic place was registered under the Historic Places Act 1980. This report includes the text from the original Building Classification Committee report considered by the NZHPT Board at the time of registration.
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.