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The Spanish mission style of architecture originated in the south-west of the United States and was popular in other countries with a similar warm climate. Design elements include smooth cream-coloured walls, tiled parapets and roofs, and wrought-iron balconies. The Hawke’s Bay Opera House, built in 1915, is an early example of this style, which is common in Hastings. Now known as Toitoi, the building reopened in 2020 after earthquake strengthening.
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