The Crown Hotel in Napier is an iconic heritage building, dwarfed by the New Crown Hotel that stands alongside. In 2006 the ‘new’ Crown Hotel was opened boasting 36 rooms. The original Crown was re-born with 17 ‘modest’ rooms converted into three magnificent, luxury, heritage suites.
Mackersey Construction completed earthquake strengthening to the old 1932 building drilling literally thousands of holes into the building for rod inserts and injections. All of these holes were patched with plaster to closely match the existing stucco finish, but as would be expected, direct and glancing sunlight highlighted each and every surface imperfection and interruption.
The painter, Freeman Decorators Ltd, selected Resene Sandtex Superfine to even out the surface. This is a lightly textured effect that helps camouflage surface imperfections while also being sympathetic to the style and nature of older buildings.
The building is notable for its Art Deco exterior and interior detail, including leadlight windows, a mosaic foyer and stairway. A mural in the conference room was discovered under wallpaper and restored.
To ensure the work was in keeping with this building, the Napier Art Deco Trust were consulted during the process.
The colour palette is in keeping with the style of the building, with general wall areas in Resene Half Biscotti (soft beige) with a base of Resene Haystack (bleached ochre). Features are detailed in Resene Half Lemon Grass (grey green) framed with Resene Dark Slate (earthy grey) and an outer border of Resene Elephant (deep green blue) to accentuate them, with window surrounds in Resene Smooth Operator (soft ochre) and joinery in Resene Ebony Clay (grey black). The mix of colours highlights the architectural features of the building and helps it sit well into the local Art Deco style neighbourhood.
Architect: Opus Architecture
Building contractor: Mackersey Construction
Designer: Trevor Jones Designs Ltd
Interior furnishings: Hawke’s Bay Design
Painting contractor: Freeman Decorators Ltd (Hawke’s Bay)
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