It was a sad day for many Timaru locals after the century old Hydro Grand Hotel was torn down on Saturday.
The demolition of the 105-year-old building in Timaru began at 8am and a crowd gathered soon after to watch the building come down.
The heritage building is being demolished to make way for a $43 million development by Allan Booth that will include a hotel, apartment and corporate office complex.
Locals were lamenting the loss of the hotel on Facebook.
"Another sad piece of my childhood gone - remember stopping for the smorgasbord lunch on the way back from dancing comps in Christchurch," Darilyn Uren-Perry commented on Facebook.
Bev Williams commented, "Can't believe this is finally coming down, such an icon and many a crazy night of fun there so many great memories. Sad it will be gone by the time I get there."
The building has been in a state of disrepair for the last decade after it was bought by Grand Pizza syndicate in 2003 and plans for a $60 million hotel and apartment complex did not materialise.
Mr Booth bought the hotel and two adjoining sites in 2013 and plans to sell the penthouse apartments for a couple of million.