Aurora Hotel

Aurora Hotel Corner Victoria and Federal Street Auckland 1852 – 2010

Aurora Hotel was originally a timber building, built in 1852. By 1880, at least two parts of the Aurora Hotel complex existed as brick buildings. In 1884 the hotel caught fire and some sections were destroyed requiring a rebuild.

The pub is thought to have been designed by architect Edward Mahoney, and constructed c.1884. It is associated with the well known publican Paddy Gleeson and, along with four other pubs, was given to his daughter Catherine as a wedding present in 1925.

This corner Victorian pub is one of a few remaining on corner sites on the cities western ridge. It also served as a meeting place for the Engineers Union (formerly the Amalgamated Society of Engineers).

18 November 2010

Status: Protected Originally registered as a Category 2 historic place (#4927)

19 November 2010

An historic 124-year-old Auckland hotel has been demolished overnight, after developing huge cracks during renovation work.
The Palace Hotel, better known as the Aurora Tavern, opposite Sky City, was yesterday found to be shifting on its foundations, causing cracks to appear in its facade.
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It might just be time, dodgy design and a bit of God’s wrath at prostitution, but the end of the Palace or Aurora Hotel in downtown Auckland was somewhat inevitable.

That’s the view of historian Lisa Truttman who has charted, among other things, the life and times of what was once a glorious pub trade on the western ridge overlooking Queen Street.
“It’s a sad moment really, but it had to happen, it couldn’t have stayed.”
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The Auckland Council is investigating how a building that has been standing for 124 years can crack open in an afternoon.

The Palace Hotel building opposite the Sky Tower in Victoria St was undergoing renovation work to be transformed into an upmarket brothel when cracks appeared on Thursday.
It was demolished overnight on safety grounds.
The Herald understands the developers had consent to turn the basement – which was used only as a storage space – into a work space, which required further excavation.
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