Napier’s downtown was almost completely destroyed in an earthquake in 1931. Following the earthquake, a moratorium was placed on building to give the town time to plan reconstruction. In the mean time a temporary tin town was set up in two downtown parks. Almost all construction in the core took place in the next two years and was designed in the styles of the times, Art Nouveau, Spanish Mission, Beaux Arts, Stripped Classical, International Style and most prominently Art Deco. As these styles became prominent during the great depression, Napier is considered one of the largest collection of Art Deco buildings in the world. I have chosen to post these photos in black and white as nearly all of the original finishes are gone. The details are accurate, however the current painting schemes are not original. Any interior photos are posted immediately below photos of their corresponding exterior facades.