Central Leader : November 24th 2010
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Phone 09 638 5169 290 Dominion Rd Mt Eden (near ASB and Valentines) A palace no more Beyond repair: The Palace Hotel had to be demolished after cracks were discovered By MICHAEL FIELD It might just be time, dodgy design and a bit of God s wrath at prosti- tution, but the end of the Palace or Aurora Hotel in downtown Auckland was somewhat inevi- table. That s the view of his- torian Lisa Truttman who has charted, among other things, the life and times of what was once a glorious pub trade on the western ridge over- looking Queen St. It s a sad moment really, but it had to hap- pen, it couldn t have stayed. The whole thing, she said, was a patched-up array of lean-to build- ings, additions and changes which would probably be outlawed these days. It started out, she says, as a small corner hotel but in the 1890s there was a population and worker boom in Auckland. Rooms was added on where ever they could be, in an effort to increase the cash flow. Truttman, who blogs on Auckland history, said it was perhaps appropriate that the pub came apart just as it was being prepared for yet another population boom -- Rugby World Cup men wanting to visit a brothel. She said many old and even new building exteriors cracked but she did not know what bought the Palace down. It could be anything really, vibration from the road, age, anything. For a large period of its recent life, the build- ing had been neglected and received little main- tenance. The original hotel was wooden, dating back to around 1852. A famous Irish publi- can, Paddy Gleeson, said to have fought in the battle of Eureka Stock- ade in Australia, took it over and bowled it. He owned many of the bars on the ridge, includ- ing the upmarket Empire Hotel, the bar of choice to the stars of tele- vision. Truttman has the orig- inal agreement Gleeson signed with the original owner in which it was agreed that at Gleeson s expense, own cost and charges erect build and complete for occupation and use upon the said parcel of land a two- storey messuage or Hotel in substantial accord- ance with the plans, elevations and speci- fications already submit- ted between the said par- ties hereto . Messuage is not a typo of massage; in those days messuage usually meant a dwelling house complete with land and outbuildings. It was two storeys -- then it somehow became three. Gleeson leased the hotel to Moss Davis in 1891, so it followed from there that it became a Hancocks Hotel, later in the name of the Captain Cook Brewery from 1898. Dominion Breweries leased the hotel from 1936. Patrick Gleeson died in 1916, but it wasn t until around 1961 that the family finally relinquished title to the site. Truttman says the building has had various owners and leaseholders since then, and various names including Paua Palace, the Palace Casino and The Palace. In 1990, Peter Shaw in Metro charted the his- tory of the city bars. The Aurora is in a sad state today. The walls of its public bar are a nicotine-stained dirty cream colour and decorated with greatly enlarged, out-of-focus rugby photographs left over from the era of six o clock closing. The Aurora s two upper floors are almost derelict except for a thin layer of white paint which has been splashed along one corridor where a few staff members have their rooms. The top floor is unfit for human habitation and there appears to be no plans to make it so. What s left of the Victorian era corner pubs of Auckland? The Albion is still there on Hobson St; the Empire stands on Nelson St; and the Shakespeare, is on Albert St. The grand Naval and Family Hotel is on Karangahape Rd and the Edinburgh Castle is on Symonds St. Then there is the Birdcage -- once on the corner of Franklin Rd. It was put on rollers and moved to make way for construction of the Vic- toria Park Tunnel. It will be returned to its orig- inal site once the project is completed. Fundraising event a star Fun, feathers and fabu- lousness have triumphed again at this year s Queen of the Whole Uni- verse event. Television presenter Alison Mau announced that Miss France -- Fleur Dilly, played by Alan Parata, was the grand winner, while central city resident Clint Woolly was named runner-up as his alter- ego Miss Jamaica, Marie Jo Anna. The annual event took place on November 6 to raise money for HIV and AIDS causes in New Zea- land. To date the show has raised more than $145,000. BOOK A TABLE FOR YOUR COMPANY! 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