Mon Logis Boutique Hotel : Napier — Earthquake & Art Deco
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National Tobacco Company, Napier Spanish Mission
Art Deco: National Tobacco Company Spanish Mission

The Hawke's Bay earthquake of 3 February 1931 remains New Zealand's worst natural disaster. 256 persons (161 in Napier) died and the city was largely destroyed. Mon Logis, stoutly constructed of wood, suffered minor damage and survived the devastating fires that followed the quake.

Architects planned a new city with a new look incorporating Stripped Classical, Spanish Mission and, most notably, Art Deco styles. Rows of palms and the Norfolk Island pines – seen immediately outside Mon Logis – were planted.

Fifty years passed before it was widely appreciated that the Art Deco style of the early 1930s survived in Napier and Gisborne as nowhere else

Napier's Art Deco Weekend is held every year in the third week of February. The program includes wining, dining, jazz, dancing, film, theatre, house tours, vintage cars and biplane barnstormers.


Napier Art Deco Dates… Confirm dates before making
travel & accommodation arrangements.
  • Art Deco Weekend
    • 16–19 February 2017
    • 15–18 February 2018
    • 14–17 February 2019

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