Historic hotel for urgent demolition

The historic Carlton Hotel came down overnight.

Last updated 14:56 09/04/2011
The historic Carlton Hotel is set to be demolished after becoming unstable.

COMING DOWN: The historic Carlton Hotel is set to be demolished after becoming unstable.

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Christchurch's historic Carlton Hotel has come down following fears it wouldl fall across the busy intersection where it stood.

Hotel publican James Murdoch said a rapid assessment team of engineers had told him the building needed to be felled immediately as it had become ''critically unstable" in the last 24 hours.

''They were a bit worried if it did fall it would go all over the road,'' he said.

The hotel sat on the corner of Bealey Ave, Papanui and Carlton Mill Roads.

The Carlton Hotel, which has a category two listing with the Historic Places Trust, is 105 years old. It served New Zealand's first beer on tap in about 1939 and opened the country's first beer garden in 1947 and first drive-through bottle store in 1954. 

Murdoch said he had expected the building to be demolished at some stage as it was severely damaged in the February 22 quake. "It's one of those things. You've got to get on with it,'' he said.

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