This ground-floor plan shows the layout of a typical mid-19th century hotel. The hotel has three public entrances – one directly into the main bar, which shows it was located on a street corner. The other two entrances are on separate streets, highlighting the hotel's two grades of accommodation. The rooms to the right of the bar were probably for workers, and those on the other side for wealthier guests – they have a grander staircase and bar parlour. Both sorts of guests could mingle in the public bar, but they had separate dining rooms and their own billiard rooms (one upstairs).
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Alexander Turnbull Library
Plans by William Beatson
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