Opera Kitchen: a real power house

Today is the day! Opera Kitchen is reopening in a newly loved, grand old building, a few strides up from where we’ve been for nearly a decade.

This is a real treat for us because it’s a stunning building that’s been empty for as long as anyone can remember. The Municipal Power House was built in 1912 but there is no record as to who designed it, or built it. It was part of the much larger electric power board, which filled the whole block.

We dug through the city archive and found this description for all you fellow architecture-geeks:

The building is in a forthright Edwardian neo-Classical style appropriate to its original use and era and it has architectural values for this. It is a distinctive element of infrastructure that is a significant part of the history of both the Hawke’s Bay Electric Power Board and the development of Hastings and the wider area. It is also a significant remnant of Hastings from the period prior to the 1931 earthquake. The Power House played an important role in Hastings enabling many households to receive electricity for the first time.

It sounds like, back in the day, this place was vital in getting families energised. We’ve come full circle then, because now, with Opera Kitchen in residence, we’re doing the same thing, but with coffee, juices and fresh-out-of-the-oven goodness.

So now that the old power house is cranking again, come on in to get powered up and raring to go.

 

 

 

Comments ( 1 )
  • Val Burr says:

    Hi, Great to see the work done on your building. Can you please post some exterior photos of it. We are going through a similar process with the old power station in Palmerston North. I’m sure your food is great and at this stage in checking out your building, the only way we are going to get to see it is to drive up there and make like exceptionally curious customers. :-)

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