New Plymouth landmark finally falls to demolition crew

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The Masters building on Egmont St in central New Plymouth was knocked to the ground on Wednesday.

A bit too close? A man watches the work as it progresses.

Jet Charm Barber Shop and Gentlemen's Quarters owner Shaun Conaglen wanted the Masters building to remain.

The Masters building on Egmont St in central New Plymouth was knocked to the ground.

11012017 News Photo ANDY JACKSON/Fairfax NZ. The Masters building on Egmont St in central New Plymouth was knocked to the ground.

The demolition vehicle looked as though it was eating the building piece by piece.

The Masters building on Egmont St in central New Plymouth was knocked to the ground.

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Another piece of New Plymouth's history has now gone forever - pulled down piece by piece.

The Masters Ltd building had stood in Egmont St since the 1920s, and despite appeals to keep it, proved no match for a demolition crew.

Peter Tennent, who owns the Masters plot, said: "The plan is to put an upmarket apartment building on the site. It will be run in conjunction with the Devon Hotel."

The Masters building on Egmont St in central New Plymouth is knocked to the ground.
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The Masters building on Egmont St in central New Plymouth is knocked to the ground.

Shaun Conaglen, owner of the nearby Jetcharm Barbershop, campaigned to save the building's facade and said he was very disappointed the effort had failed.

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"It's just really, really heartbreaking and sad for the town."

He repeated his fears for New Plymouth's heritage, warning it risked becoming like the Gold Coast and filled with bland, dated and cheap architecture.

"Let's hope we have brought awareness to the town that developers can do whatever they want to these historic buildings."

 - Taranaki Daily News

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