This grand hotel is next to the Town Hall... where Scott worked for so long. For many years we have enjoyed visiting it for meals, walking over the connecting air bridge for late night coffees after shows, meeting up for "ladies" afternoon teas, nibbling on decadent stacks of cakes and tiny sandwiches presented on tiered platters, relaxing in the easy chairs with the gentle tinkle of the grand piano or the jazz singer in the foyer.
The work parties... riding up and down in the glass lifts.
Visiting friends who were staying there at conferences, business trips and dining downstairs at the Teppenyaki or Simo's.
And now she is going... like the Convention Centre across the road, while the fate of the Town Hall waits to be announced. It is not a hopeful future for Kilmore St.....or Christchurch.
I miss all those things.