An important piece of Napier’s heritage has been restored and saved for future generations to appreciate.
The old Napier Club building’s new owners, Adam Satherley and Troy Morgan, worked closely with Napier City Council (NCC) during the fit-out of the building which saw it transformed into Portside Bar and Restaurant while still maintaining its heritage features.
NCC’s Strategic Planning Lead, Fleur Lincoln said the building owners were under no obligation to retain the building’s character in any way.
“Thankfully, Adam and Troy supported retaining this important part of Napier’s story,” she said.
“We worked closely with them on how to bring out the best of the building’s original features. We also had to ensure the building could meet modern standards, and Adam and Troy were keen to present an outstanding experience to future patrons of the bar and restaurant.”
A new addition to the property is a parklet located within two carpark spaces immediately in front of the building. It is designed to draw attention to the building and to complement it.
“It’s consistent with Council’s desire to provide more ‘people’ space in appropriate areas normally occupied by an empty car,” said Ms Lincoln.
“The parklet means extra dining space for patrons to enjoy the spectacular views across Marine Parade and extends sunlight access to outdoor diners in summer,” adds building owner, Mr Satherley.
The building was design by architect E.A. Williams, who was one of Napier’s small group of post-earthquake architects. The exterior of the building retains much of its original character, although several of the windows were previously altered and the terrace and entry steps are not original, Council said.