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Hāwera Public Library.

Hāwera Public Library

The Hāwera Public Library (now Hāwera LibraryPlus) in High Street has served the town for close to 125 years from the same building. It was built in 1896 and opened to the public in early November of that year.

It was designed by George Card and the contractors were Messrs MacIndoe and Carter. The other contactors involved in the project were: Mr. W Day (painting & decorating), Mr J.Makin (plumber) and Mr Whittington (bricklayer). 

The Hāwera Town Centre Heritage Inventory states that the building has undergone many internal

Charles Major Building.

Charles Major Building 

This small building on Princes Street is one of the row of heritage buildings that the writers of the Hawera Town Centre Heritage Inventory have described as being "unsurpassed in Taranaki" and of "national historical importance". 

William Furlong had a building erected on this site about 1881 and it's possible some of the original structure remains. However the elaborate facade was designed by George Card in 1895 after fire damaged much of the building. 

As may be expected for a building of this age, it has had a number of

Edmondston Building.

Edmondston Building 

This two-storey building in Princes Street stands next door to the Caplen Building, it boasts a similar neo-classic design to the neighbouring building, but is less impressive in scale.

Little is known about the date of construction, architect and builder. The Hawera Town Centre Heritage Inventory estimates that it was built between 1900 and 1910 - it must be after 1901 as it is not seen in the Auckland Weekly News photo of 'Caplen's Buildings'. (see linked topic)

The heritage inventor states that the building was erected for Harry Caplen (of  the

Caplen Building 1882.

Caplen Building 1882 

The Caplen Building (also known as Caplen's Buildings) stands in the centre of the photograph above, between Charles Major's offices on the left and the Edmondston Building on the right. Together with the the two bank buildings nearby they are described in the Hawera Town Centre Heritage Inventory as being part of a sequence of heritage buildings "unsurpassed in Taranaki and which has national importance."

The heritage inventory states that the building was erected in 1882 for the Mr Harry Caplen, a Hāwera lawyer who was

Bank of New South Wales 1910.

Bank of New South Wales 1910

The section this two-storey building stands on was purchased by the Bank of New South Wales in 1875 for £25. The building above was built in 1910 at a cost of £2,920. 

It is described in the Hāwera Town Centre Heritage Inventory as "a very competent piece of classical design by a nationally known firm of architects, Crighton and McKay. It has remained relatively unaltered in its main elevation, giving it remarkable authenticity for a commercial building of this age."

The inventory also notes

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Princes Street 1925 (ATL collection).

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