Friday, March 30, 2012

Monarch Hotel-Motel, Moruya

Monarch Hotel-Motel, MoruyaI'm just not sure. The colours mauve & pink on the second storey and 1970's brown tiles at street level.

A plaque explains the site's history. Thomas Staunton had the Gold Diggers Arms here in 1859 which he later updated to The Commercial, a two storey timber hotel.

In 1939, J J King came along and built effectively the structure that remains today. He called it the Hotel Monarch after the British battleship as a result of a competition for possible names.

Michel P Nader remodelled the building into a Hotel-Motel in 1972. I suppose Mr Nader is responsible for the brown tiles. And actually I'm fairly sure I do not like the brown tiles but I suppose there is or will be in the future a Seventies Society that will love them.

Monarch Hotel-Motel, Moruya

Monarch Hotel-Motel, Moruya

Monarch Hotel-Motel, Moruya

2 comments:

  1. I am reluctant to criticise knowledgeable people, but nah, you're wrong. There just ain't gonna be no seventies preservation society, well so far as buildings and architecture go.

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    1. Mark my words there will be such a society. :-)

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