Central Hotel

Victoria Street And Edward Street, Dargaville

  • Central Hotel.
    Copyright: Heritage New Zealand. Taken By: Stuart Park.
  • Central Hotel. Image courtesy of www.flickr.com.
    Copyright: Liz Clark - Stormdanceart. Taken By: Liz Clark - Stormdanceart. Date: 9/12/2008.
  • Central Hotel. Image included in Field Record Form Collection.
    Copyright: Heritage New Zealand . Taken By: Chris Cochran. Date: 11/08/1984.

List Entry Information

List Entry Status Listed List Entry Type Historic Place Category 2 Public Access Private/No Public Access
List Number 3825 Date Entered 23rd June 1983

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City/District Council

Kaipara District

Region

Northland Region

Legal description

Pt DP 3065

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Currie, John

John Currie (c.1859-1921) was born in Ireland. He immigrated to New Zealand in 1874 and practised architecture in Auckland on his own account. In 1879 the firm of L.D. Nathan became a major client. Accordingly much of Currie's work was in the designing of commercial and warehouse buildings. Few of these survive with the exception of L.D. Nathan & Co. Bond Store (now Archilles House, 1902) and P. Hayman's Warehouse (now Sofrana House, 1899-1900).

Currie also designed buildings for Moss Davis, the Auckland brewer. The two best known works from this association were the Rob Roy Tavern, Freeman's Bay (1884), and the restoration of the interior of the Grand Hotel in Princes Street after fire in 1901. The latter building was designed by H.D. Skinner in 1879, although is sometimes erroneously attributed to Currie. In addition to hotels and commercial work, Currie also undertook residential commissions. The best known of these is "Wickford" in Princes Street. Originally the home of Mr N.A. Nathan, it now accommodates the Registry Office of the University of Auckland. Currie was one of the original members of the New Zealand Institute of Architects formed in 1905.

Currie died in Ponsonby in 1921 aged 70.

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Construction Dates

Original Construction
1901 -

Other Information

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.