The Bog fire damaged . . . . (why?)

Sirens heard last night from lower Pitt Street…. ANOTHER of Dunedin’s significant heritage buildings up in flames.


Otago Daily Times Published on Aug 2, 2015
[post] Fire at The Bog
Firefighters attend a blaze at The Bog in central Dunedin tonight.

39 Dunedin Television Published on Aug 3, 2015
Central city pub catches fire
An investigation is under way to determine the cause of a fire at a central city pub.

### ODT Online Sun, 2 Aug 2015
Fire at central city pub
Firefighters have attended a blaze at The Bog Irish Bar in central Dunedin tonight. Crews were called about 7pm after a fire broke out in an upstairs office at the pub, on the corner of George and London Sts.
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The Bog, 387 George Street [Google Street View Nov 2009]Google Street View (Nov 2009)

Briefly, the first hotel on this site was established in 1864 as the Black Bull Hotel. Daniel White changed the name to the Royal Albert when he took over in 1879 – he opened the current hotel building in 1880.

Royal Albert Hotel building history by David Murray:
Built: 1880 / 1939
Address: 387 George Street
Architects: Louis Boldini / Stone & Sturmer
Builders: Norman Wood / D.P. Murphy

Johann Luks (1877-1879) was a German immigrant who had previously worked as a fruiterer in George Street. In late 1878 he commissioned the architect Louis Boldini to design a new hotel building, but was declared bankrupt in August 1879 before the project could go ahead. Daniel White purchased the fourteen-year lease on the property the same month, and in December was granted a license for the establishment which he gave a new name: the Royal Albert Hotel. The replacement building was erected in 1880 by contractor Norman Wood to Boldini’s plans, and completed by October. It was built of brick, with ornate cemented facades in the revived Italian Renaissance style, and made the most of a tricky triangular site. The ground floor had a bar, three sitting rooms, a dining room, and a kitchen. There were nine bedrooms and a sitting room on the first floor.

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Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


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8 responses to “The Bog fire damaged . . . . (why?)

  1. Gurglars

    It might be old, but its a bog ugly building. Do we really want to preserve the ugly?

    • Elizabeth

      I don’t suppose you said that of The Standard Insurance Building in Princes Street, too. Or the Empire Hotel (work starting).

      See David Murray’s blog for the original street appearance, designed by Louis Boldini – before the 1939 (modernising) work by Stone & Sturmer.

  2. Gurglars

    Thanks, Elizabeth, I could tolerate the original design, but like many designs the refurbishes are not improvements ( in my opinion) and the bar inside is terrible, aged without charm and soulless. Compare Brian Stuart’s fantastic upgrade of the old Robbie Burns for charm and character.

  3. Elizabeth

    Video added to post at top of thread.
    Source: 39 Dunedin Television

  4. Mike

    I thought it funny that the radio this afternoon called it an “iconic Dunedin Pub”.

    The Bog is a “pub in a box” ( in NZ it’s a chain.

    Guinness will help you start your own ( as will others (

  5. Elizabeth

    NZFS attended a false alarm at the Bog Irish Bar yesterday after an alarm was triggered.

    ### ODT Online Tue, 4 Aug 2015
    Repair needed before pub can reopen
    By Damian George
    It is unclear how long the Bog Irish Bar in Dunedin will remain closed after a fire broke out in the premises on Sunday. […] “There is some damage to the electrical wiring in the part of the hotel that’s affected by the fire. Until that’s sorted, you can’t just turn the electricity back on.”
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  6. Elizabeth

    Flashover after……….. (“smoking material”……….. )

    ### ODT Online Tue, 18 Aug 2015
    Bog owner relieved fire ‘not arson’
    By Shawn McAvinue
    The fiery “explosion” that destroyed part of a Dunedin bar is most likely to have started accidentally, a fire investigator says. East Otago Southland fire risk management officer Cathy Trevathan said the investigation into the fire in the office of the Bog Irish Bar on August 2 was continuing but some conclusions were likely.
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