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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

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