Trathen properties gift windows to Nelson Provincial Museum

Ken Trathen looks at the leadlight windows inside the Trathen's building on the first-floor that have been gifted to the museum.
MARION VAN DIJK
Ken Trathen looks at the leadlight windows inside the Trathen's building on the first-floor that have been gifted to the museum.

Work demolishing the Trathen's Building has started but the building's ornate windows will stay in Nelson after they were gifted to the museum.

Trathen's Properties Ken Trathen said the windows attracted interest when they were offered for sale last month but the family had decided to gift them to the Nelson Provincial Museum.

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A photograph in a book on the history showing the tearooms that used to be on the first-floor of the B Trathen Ltd,  on Trafalgar St.
MARION VAN DIJK
A photograph in a book on the history showing the tearooms that used to be on the first-floor of the B Trathen Ltd, on Trafalgar St.

"We had offered it to the council and Founders and to the museum quite some time ago and no one took it up, it wasn't like a new offer or anything," he said.

"So they've said that they would like them, they definitely would like to keep them so we're really rapt about that." 

A Christchurch company Southern Demolition started the demolition on the ornate Trafalgar St building last week. 

"It's been going for a few days, these guys are saying it will take eight or nine weeks, it sounds like they're way more efficient than anyone else," Trathen said.

"They're from Christchurch and they've been part of dealing with things down there since the first earthquake and they've been one of the surviving outfits, they're good." 

Built in the early 1920s, tearooms used to occupy the first-floor of the Trathen's Building back when it was Trathen's department store which was a leading Nelson retailer for 70 years.  

It was announced in August last year that a multimillion-dollar complex would be replacing the old building.

The decision came after Nelson City Council required the building to be strengthened for earthquakes or demolished by December 2019. 

Trathen did not know what the museum would do with the windows.

The museum was approached for comment but did not respond.

 

 

 

 

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