Poppelwells Building, Hastings

Gisborne/Hawke’s Bay
Grant Type: 
Upgrade Works Grant
Date funded: 
May 2019

Poppelwells is a rare pre-Napier earthquake commercial building designed by Alfred Garnett in the Spanish Mission style. The façade is unchanged from when it was originally built in 1924. It is of reinforced concrete construction with timber framed roof, eaves and verandah.

The building has wide frontage to the railway line and is a familiar building to the pedestrians of central Hastings. The building’s name came from the clothing firm, Poppelwells, who owned the property between 1964 and 2004. Today it continues in its original commercial purpose. It is a Heritage New Zealand Category 2 historic place.

The strengthening scheme entails installing steel sections to secure the upper floor walls, and installation of steel brace framing on the ground floor.

New Zealand Heritage List entry - Heritage New Zealand website

Hastings District Council heritage inventory report