Friday, May 17, 2019

Napier Art Deco

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Napier Art Deco

Friday, May 17, 2019

Originating in Europe, in the early 20th century the Art Deco style became widely known following the great Exposition de Arts Moderness Decoratifs et Industriels held in Paris in 1925 and from which its name was ultimately derived.

The 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake, also known as the Napier earthquake, occurred in New Zealand at 10:47 am on Tuesday 3 February 1931 devastating the Hawke's Bay region. It remains New Zealand's deadliest natural disaster.

The Art Deco style was at the height of its popularity for buildings in 1931.  Its clean simple lines and bas relief decoration suited the needs of the new Napier city.
Find out about our history here.

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