Monday, 4th March, 2013
By Kurtis J Eichler
One-hundred-and-twenty-five years of history come crashing down yesterday when a demolition crew tore down the Silver Spade Hotel.
Owners Wayne and Ruth Stubbings called last drinks at the pub in January in preparation for six months worth of rebuilding.
At noon yesterday, the pub that's stood on the corner of Blende and Argent Streets since August 1, 1888 came tumbling down.
A conference room, restaurant, smaller bar and 12 extra motel rooms will be added in the overhaul of the hotel/motel, formerly known as the Criterion Hotel.
The motel, which the owners say is well patronised, will remain open. Heritage laws have forced the couple to keep the business at the same height, but a second storey will be added as well as a veranda across the facade.
It's been 31 years since the pub's last facelift.