Old Hotel To Be Demolished

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Old Hotel To Be Demolished.

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Reproduced with the kind permission of The Dominion Post - authorisation must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

Evening Post 10th August 1976. (WCL ref WVF/Hotels/B).

Bulldozers will move in this week to raise[sic] this old Wellington landmark on the corner of Cuba and Webb Streets.

Built at the turn of the century and originally known as the Star and Garter Hotel, the building was later turned into a rooming house named Clarence House.

With more than 25 bedrooms and a floating population of guests, Clarence House came under a demolition order from the Wellington City Council several years ago and was bought recently by Wellington property

The last of the old hotel's guests left more than a week ago. But evidence of their stay was apparent in the damp and musty rooms.

The demolition contractor, Mr Stan Hyde, said he hoped to have the job completed by the end of the week.

Mr Rippin intends to turn the site into a used car-park.

A salvage gand, operated by the demolition company, spent the weekend stripping the hotel of its windows, doors, skirtings and architraves. These and any other salvable items will be sold from the company's demolition yard.

The wooden corbels, seen in the photograph near the roof of the building will also be salvaged and sold.

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