Story: Historic places

Rebuilding Chavanne's Hotel

Rebuilding Chavanne's Hotel

The rebuilding of towns was welcomed by residents because it was thought to show progress. The first image captures the demolition of the old, frontier-era Chavanne's Victoria Hotel in Whanganui in 1870, with the ends of the new building on either side. So the hotel could carry on trading, the ends of the new building were constructed around the old building. When these were completed, the old building was levelled and the new one completed. The second photograph shows the new, grander hotel a decade later.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, William James Harding Collection (PAColl-3042)
Reference: 1/1-000121-G (top); 1/1-000122-G (bottom)
Photographs by William James Harding

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How to cite this page:

Ben Schrader, 'Historic places - Colonial ideas and practice', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 July 2022)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 22 Oct 2014, updated 19 Aug 2016