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Stratford Post Office and Clock Tower (1924).

Stratford Post Office and Clock Tower (1924)

On the afternoon of 20 June 1924 the Hon. J.G. Coates, Postmaster-General, opened the new Post Office and clock tower on Broadway. While in the town Coates was also tasked with opening the Public Trust Office (linked topic) and the Victoria Bridge. 

The construction was supervised by the Public Works Department and carried out by Mr T.W. Alderton for the contact price of £20,835. 

A clock tower was added to the design with the clock and memorial bells contributed by

Hathaway House.

Hathaway House

Situated on four acres just outside of Stratford, Hathaway House was built in 1896 for a Mr Webster, possibly local auctioneer Frederick William Webster.

With four bedrooms, two bathrooms, servants’ quarters and stables, the property is said to have been home to some memorable parties in the early days.

By 1925 it was owned by Joe Keller, who sold it to Alfred and Belle Barlow in 1936. Their family kept the house until 1973 when Kip Harris bought and renamed it Kija Lodge. Stratford veterinarians Dermot and Caroline Byrne purchased the

DP2176 Hamlet Street.

Thomson Residence (Puke Ariki collection ARC2004-1779)

                                                          (Puke Ariki collection ARC2004-1779)

This residence on Hamlet Street was built for the Stratford lawyer, Percy Thomson soon after he arrived in the town to set up his legal practice. 

It was designed by the prominent Hāwera architect, John A. Duffill, in 1911. The contractors were Messrs J. Ryan and Son

New Commercial Hotel.

New Commercial Hotel

The New Commercial Hotel on the corner of SH3 and Page Street in Stratford was built in 1953. The lease was held by local boxing coach Joseph (Joe) Phillip Collins from 1956-1961.

There is some confusion as to the date the original Commercial Hotel commenced business. A nearby Heritage Trail sign has the date as 1892, while a newspaper article about the New Commercial Hotel uses the date 1896. Meanwhile, a report of the Licensing Committee meeting in the Taranaki Herald on 12 June 1893 includes the information that

Empire Hotel .

Empire Hotel 

The Empire Hotel in Stratford is located on the corner of State Highway 3 and Fenton Street. A nearby Heritage Trail sign states that the Empire was built in 1886, one of what was, at one time, five hotels in Stratford. 

This date is somewhat contradicted by a report of the Licensing Committee meeting in the Taranaki Herald on 12 June 1893. Stratford lawyer, Mr McDavitt appeared on behalf of Mr W.L.Tocker to apply for a licence "for a house to be known as the Empire". At

Radich Building.

Radich Building 

This two-storey building on Broadway, near the Glockenspiel, was built for Mr Ivan Radich in 1925. 

The building was designed by well-known Stratford architect, Mr J.D.Healy, and the contractor was Mr A.B.Burrell of Hāwera.

David Walter in his book, Shakespearean town under the mountain: a history, writes that Ivan Radich established his family-run restaurant in this building. He was joined two years later by his brother Mijo (Mick), who had been working on the Dargaville gumfields. The two families worked long hours and for a time all lived

Petrie's Building .

Petrie's Building

This two-storey building is located on a prominent corner (intersection of Broadway North and Regan Streets) at the roundabout as you enter Stratford from New Plymouth. 

It was erected in 1923-24 for the watchmaker, Mr John Petrie. The ferro-concrete building was another significant project for Stratford architect, John D.Healy. The contractor was the Auckland firm, Messrs J.T.Julian and Sons Ltd. The cost was estimated at £5,800 and construction was expected to take about six months. (Stratford Evening Post, 31 May 1923)

Perhaps construction was delayed, or took longer

D.J.Malone & Co. Building.

D.J.Malone & Co. Building

This single-storey building on the corner of Fenton and Juliet Streets was built in 1926-27 for the wine & spirit merchants, D.J.Malone & Co. 

It was designed by notable Stratford architect, John D.Healy. The Stratford Evening Post announced the news of the new building on 21 August 1926 and tenders were called for two days later. Healy made provision in the design for a second storey if needed at a later date. The building included a warehouse, bottling store, cordial factory and offices.It was later

Broadway Buildings 1926.

Broadway Buildings 1926 

This two-storey concrete building in Stratford's main street was erected in 1926 for a syndicate of business owners trading as Broadway Buildings Ltd.

A block of shops on the same site, owned by the syndicate, were destroyed by fire in September 1925. Early the following year the site was cleared and work began on the present building. Mr J.D.Healy was the architect and the contactor was Mr J.W.Boon. The gound floor housed three shops and the upper floor was divided into offices, including a boardroom for company meetings.

The Stratford Evening Post reported on 18

Manoy's Building.

Manoy's Building

Adolph Manoy arrived in New Zealand in 1904, settling first in Motueka. He moved to Stratford in 1909 and set up a small drapery store. The business was a success and in 1914 he moved to new premises on the site of the building above.

In 1923 Mr Manoy went into partnership with Mr William Hoskin. The two men formed a limited liability company, Manoys Ltd. The business continued to prosper and in 1925 the building above was erected. The architect was Mr V.S.Griffiths of New Plymouth and the contractor

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