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This two-storey building in Fenton Street was built in 1920 for a recently amalgamated firm of solicitors.
It was announced in the Taranaki Daily News on 10 November 1919 that Messrs. Spence and Stanford would amalgamate with Messrs. Rutherford, Macalister and Coleman once new premises were erected in Fenton Street, "between the National Bank and Mr.Newton King's machinery department."
Tenders were called for by the architect, John D.Healy in December 1919 and the Taranaki Daily News reported in January 1920 that the contract had been let to the Stratford builder, Mr W.Simmons. The estimated cost was
Otago Chambers in Fenton Street was erected for the law firm, Halliwell and Thomson, in 1914. One of the founders, Mr Percy Thomson, attended Otago University, hence the name.
It was designed by well-known local architect Mr.J.D.Healy and the contractor was Mr.N.J.King.
It has a category II classification with Heritage New Zealand.
With the help of a $65,000 grant from the TSB Community Trust Stratford built New Zealand's first glockenspiel in 1999.
Stratford Engineering and Lyal Barrett were responsible for the design and engineering work. The figures (Romeo and Juliet) were produced by Nigel Ogle of Tawhiti Museum.
The glockenspiel performs four times daily: 10am, 1pm, 3pm and 7pm.
Presently known as the TET King's Theatre due to a sponsorship agreement with the Taranaki Electricity Trust.
The theatre opened in 1919 and has a unique place in cinematic history. It was the first theatre in the Southern Hemisphere to play "Talkies" films - pictures with sound.
The theatre closed for a short time in 2012 to undertake strengthening work in the basement as a result of an earthquake risk assessment. The theatre reopened in August 2012.
Please see attached links for more information about the theatre.