Wednesday, 24 September 2014

The Six Sisters

 In the 1890s there were probably more Victorian houses along Marine Parade.  Apparently a Robert Lamb moved to Napier from England due to health reasons.  He was an Architect and Engineer.  He designed plans for much of Marine Parade in those days.  He designed the Six Sisters for a man who wanted to build a two storey house for each of his daughters.

These six survived the 1931 earthquake and the resulting fires from it.  They are still much loved today.

The green house is a residential 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom villa.  The yellow house, next to it is now a coffee house.

The next 2 are used by businesses.

 Second to last the white house is a restaurant.  It ended its life as a house in the late 1950's.  It was a drapery then a number of small businesses.  Finally starting its life as a restaurant in the early 1980's.  It was a Jazz bar and grill in the late eighty's.    It had an extension added then too, the kitchen.  The bar installed then is still present and used today.    It has been Mint for the last 3 years.

Lastly the blue house is one of the longest running craft galleries in the Hawkes Bay.  With many local artists and crafts people's art on display and sold there.  


  1. What a sweet touching story behind the six sisters...Best dad in the world!:-)

  2. I would like to know what happened to the daughters after they moved in, did they marry, did they keep the houses.