• Shades Arcade

    Easily the roaring life of Cashel Mall during the 1980’s; in this new century I struggled to even picture it along Cashel Mall before the quakes stole it away for good.  The Shades Arcade. It was purchased for 5 million dollars in 2009 by a developer who claimed his memories as a kid in the …

  • Murder at Riccarton Hotel

    Through his own drunken haze, 41 year old Donald Fraser felt rather at unease that night, or so he mentioned in passing.  He staggered through the bar of the Riccarton Hotel (built 1883), which was operating beyond the law as alcohol was not to be sold after 6pm but yet again, it was almost 11pm …

  • Holy Smoke Smokehouse

    When driving down Ferry Road, heading east through what is regarded as Woolston Village, I always find myself seeking out a building that I simply know as “…the Catherine Street…” abode and the fact that embedded in its walls, is the road sign for Catherine Street makes it even more intriguing. Now the home of …

  • The Dux De Lux

    The building that houses the Dux de Lux – pre earthquakes – has always been the gem of Montreal Street; I’m sure since it was built in 1883. It takes a lot to stand out amongst the grandeur of the neighbouring Arts Centre. For its architect – Francis William Petre – this domestic project was …

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