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New Commercial Hotel.

New Commercial Hotel

The New Commercial Hotel on the corner of SH3 and Page Street in Stratford was built in 1953. 

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 an application had been received from Thomas Keane for a house, "the property of

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

Municipal Buildings 1916.

Municipal Buildings 1916 

This two-storey building on Broadway was officially opened on 8 June 1916 by the Mayor, Mr Jos.W.Boon. It was designed by local architect, Mr J.D.Healy and the contractor was Mr. J.L.McMillan from Wellington. The building was completed on budget for very close to the contract price of £8792 10s.

The foundation stone had been laid on 18 November 1915 before a large group of local citizens. The stone, 2ft x 15 inches (60 x 38cm), was a slab of greenstone hewn from a quarry near Greymouth on the West

ANZ Bank (Stratford).

ANZ Bank (Stratford) 

This building on Broadway, adjacent to Prospero Place, is the final of four to be demolished to make way for Stratford's new multi-million dollar CBD development. It is expected to be completely removed by Christmas 2019.

According to David Walter's history of Stratford, Stratford: Shakespearean Town Under the Mountain, A History, this ANZ Bank building was built in 1976. The ANZ is now operating from premises across the road.

Carryer's Buildings .

Carryer's Buildings 

Work began on this building in late 1924 and was completed in July 1925. It was constructed for Mr Edgar Carryer who had bought the Egmont Clothing Company (1902-1919) from the O'Leary brothers. It was renamed Carryer's Menswear and was run by the family until bought by Don & Rod Wisnewski in 1970. It finally closed in the 1980s. (Stratford: Shakespearean Town Under the Mountain, A History, David Walter)

Stratford District Council holds blueprint plans for the building with the architect T.H.Bates noted on them. The tiling surrounding the windows on the upper floor is

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