Est. 1901

Located next door to Prego on Ponsonby Rd, ‘Est. 1901’ is an honest restoration of a Victorian-aged building, fashioned on the story of it’s original proprietor - Miss Irvine.

The brief was concise; Authenticity without compromise.

Stained-glass windows, original brick, walnut cabinetry & Victorian oil paintings faithfully transform the space back into it’s original condition, offering a very pleasurable inner-city refuge of nostalgic cocktails, fine cheeses & great taste.

Our restoration of these premises to their original condition seeks to reflect the atmosphere at the close of the Victorian age. The kauri floors & walls have been uncovered and the walls repainted their original sage green.

We used slotted head screws because that’s what the craftsmen of the day would have done. Footrests were fashioned from solid brass tube, and stained glass windows installed to match their former glory. The wooden bar carved from solid rosewood by a local craftsman in his seventies, known only as Brian.

The result is a tactile, moody & well-thought enlivenment of a bygone era.

Wonder were responsible for the interior design, cabinetry, styling, technical documentation, branding, signage, building & resource consent. copy.jpg
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