We did the twilight walk,organized by Napier Council,led by a volunteer,for free. We started from the marine side,the city's well-kept uniformity of style makes it an exceptional place to walk.
The guide began her discourse explaining that we should reserve our gaze for the upper stories. This is where this unique aspect of art deco gone mad. Its a flat walk through the district,concentrated between Emerson,Herscell,Dalton and Browning streets,is a stylistic immersion. The decorative elements,above the ground floor are impressive and offer such a variety of geometric styling.
In fact we strayed onto the main road several times due to the fact that we kept our eyes riveted to the glory of art deco. I am glad Napier went mad for art deco with its bold,geometric style that had such a surviving influence on the global scene since 1925. Now, where ever we are ,we recognize the art deco moniker.
This was a brilliant tour.....with the following buildings a stand-out: ..... ASB bank.....the Maori theme on the lintels is the country's finest example of rafter patterns decorating a European building.The traditional red,white & black patterns continues inside around a coffered ceiling.
.........Daily Telegraph Building....a Napier classic,has all the elements of art deco,zig zags,fountain shapes,ziggurats and a sunburst.
.........Dalton Street........the pink bank with its balcony,a masterpiece with its frieze and wavy lines in the middle symbolizing the sea between the 2 countries, NZ and Germany.
..........Rothmans building.......One of the finest,1932 structures with stained glass windows and a magnificent glass dome over the entrance hall .
Check out the fruit stands outside town,nestled in the breastlike hillocks are remarkable. Its great cycling territory and great eating,with superb lodgings
Truly memorable place .
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