Private hotels and boarding houses were not licensed to sell liquor. Guests at Salvation Army People’s Palace hotels chose them because they were liquor-free – there were no rowdy drunken guests to contend with. The People’s Palace in Cuba Street, Wellington, is shown here not long after it opened in 1908. The Salvation Army ran the hotel until 1986 when it was sold. The building was renovated and earthquake-strengthened in 2002–3 and still runs as a hotel – now selling liquor.
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