Posts tagged napier
Posts tagged napier
From Canada’s Globe and Mail, a write-up of Napier, New Zealand, which has one of the largest concentration of Art Deco architecture in the world.
In total, about 160 buildings (140 of which remain) were erected in the Art Deco style, led by Frank Lloyd Wright-influenced architect Louis Hay, and when construction was complete, Napier held a carnival celebrating the birth of what they called the most modern town in the world.
State Theatre, Napier, New Zealand
from Hawke’s Bay Today
I’m back, and about to unleash a barage of Art Deco related news. To start off with, news from Napier, New Zeleand. -Wendy
"The 80-year-old State Theatre building at the corner of Dickens and Dalton Sts in Napier is starting to glow again after years of neglect."
State Theater, Napier, New Zealand
Photo by Warren Buckland, Hawke’s Bay Today
From a news article on the major renovation of the State Theater in one of the world’s Deco architectural capitals, Napier, NZ:
Napier’s State Theatre building is having a major makeover into a new cafe and college.
The rear and one roadside wall of the building, which stands at the corner of Dickens and Dalton streets, have already come down and the interior has been gutted.
But Art Deco enthusiasts need not worry about losing another slice of history. The corner frontage, with its patterned ridges and arched windows, will remain.
The theatre is listed with Heritage New Zealand and is on the Napier City Council database of heritage buildings.
Wallace Development manager Mike Walker said the two-storey frontage of the 80-year-old building would be earthquake-strengthened* to take it up to 67 per cent of the building code, while the rear section would be a new level.
* Worth noting that the reason Napier has so much Deco is that a large portion of it was destroyed in an earthquake in the early 1930s. So earthquake-proofing makes sense.
National Tobacco Company, Napier, New Zealand
Photo by Russell James Smith
Detail of the lovely and much photographed National Tobacco Company in Napier, a city which boasts one of the most concentrated and impressive collections of Deco in the world.
Taken on an Art Deco tour of Napier, New Zealand, March 2010.
Napier was largely destroyed by an earthquake in 1931 and subsequently rebuilt in the Art Deco style. Now preserved and maintained it has one of the largest concentrations of Art Deco architecture in the world and has been nominated for World Heritage Site status.
Si vous aimez l’art deco, il faut vraiment visiter Napier et sa ville jumelle Hastings, ainsi que toute la côte est de l’ile jusqu’à Wellington, vous y trouverez énormément d’immeubles parfaitement préservés.
Pics from Napier, New Zealand, rebuilt in the 30s after a devastating earthquake.
Welcome to Napier, the art deco city.
Complètement détruite par un tremblement de terre en 1931, la ville a été reconstruite avec un style art deco, encore très bien preservé aujourd’hui..voici quelques uns des buildings du centre…
In this Wall Street Journal travel article, a look at two Deco gems of the Asia-Pacific — Napier, New Zealand, and Shanghai, China. (I wonder how many thousand miles separate them?)
From the article on Shanghai:
For much of the world, the Great Depression of the 1930s brought misery: failed banks, hunger and joblessness. But for Shanghai, the decade was a golden age of prosperity that fostered artistic and cultural experimentation.
The melting-pot city’s surging economy fueled a building boom that transformed it into a showcase for the architectural style meant to capture the excitement, promise and glamour of the machine age: Art Deco.
Slideshow of the Napier Municipal Theatre in Napier, New Zealand.
Architectural Detail, Napier, New Zealand
Great shot of a roofline against the sky.
Napier, New Zealand
Example of the Deco fabric of Napier.