Story: Hawke’s Bay region

Spanish mission style (3rd of 5)

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.

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Hawke’s Bay region - Arts, culture and built heritage', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/23930/spanish-mission-style (accessed 25 May 2019)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, updated 2 Jul 2015