Masonic Hotel, Napier

Production date
24 May 1896
Current rights
Public Domain

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About this object
View of the Masonic Hotel taken from Marine Parade soon after a fire that destroyed more than half of the hotel building on Saturday 23 May 1896.

Contemporary newspaper reports record that the fire broke out in the vicinity of the kitchen shortly before 5am. The photograph records the damage that was incurred to the east end of the building as a result of this fire.

Due to the efforts of the local fire brigade the fire was put out before it could destroy the Hastings Street end of the building. This area of the building, which is visible on the right side of the photograph, appears to be largely intact.

In the foreground, a group of people can be seen looking at the charred remains of the hotel.

To the left of the hotel is C Palmer's Stables. While the brick portion of the stables survived the blaze the adjacent timber structure was destroyed.

Photographer, unknown.
Production period
Production technique
Media/Materials description
Black and white photograph.
Height x Width: 111 x 158mm
R W McKenzie, 3 May Avenue, Napier., Inscription, Handwritten
Given to me by P J Be[ar?] Sept 1961, Inscription, Handwritten
Morning after fire May 4th 1893, Inscription, Handwritten
Subject person
Subject period
Subject date
May 1896
Current rights
Collection of Hawke's Bay Museums Trust, Ruawharo Tā-ū-rangi, 10855
Other number(s)
10855, 78289

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