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10/15/12

Don't demolish Erawan Thai!


Erawan Thai, Jervois Road, Herne Bay by Mr Dewhurst
Yet another classic for the developers axe. Unfortunately this ones a near neighbour too, a grand old (120+, old for New Zealand anyway) villa and well known local landmark. I've sketched parts of it before but this time a little more respectfully as it may be my last chance.

Sadly the owner doesn't appreciate it's true value to the area, and our council isn't prepared to act with more meaningful protection for the character of the area.

Read NZ Herald articles, here Removal of historic Herne Bay villa 'an absolute shocker' and here This landmark is a genuine icon - but it's doomed.

3 comments:

dinahmow said...

Oh, so sad. And so foolish.
I used to live in Herne Bay (Sarsfield Street)and have very fond memories of those old places.

Murray Dewhurst said...

Hi Dinah, I hope it hasn't changed completely by the time you return for a visit!

Audrey said...

It's a beautiful drawing of a lovely old villa. I hope it won't soon survive merely in pictures, as has been the fate of so many of our heritage and character buildings in Auckland.