There is nothing like a lick of paint to freshen up an old building, but when that building is heritage listed, the process is a little more complicated than buying your favourite colour at the paint store.
Dale Pentland, who owns The Colonial hotel in Elizabeth Street, Launceston, spent $100,000 refurbishing the 1847 building by painting the exterior and cleaning the roof over four weeks.
Once home to the Launceston Church Grammar School, The Colonial is now a popular stop for tourists, but the new paintwork has attracted comments from the city’s residents too.
Mr Pentland choose four heritage colours to complement the building’s craftsmanship, which includes 10 hand-crafted chimneys.
“The colours had to be passed by National Trust. It’s incredible how much the new colours have lifted the building,” he said.
“Heaps of people have asked about our colour scheme. The colour scheme has just enhanced the four-and-a-half stars [The Colonial] has now.”
The work involved roof repairs for the 171-year-old building as well.
“There are original shingles under the iron roof and we had to conduct a few repairs before cleaning the iron,” Mr Pentland said.
Scaffolding adorned The Colonial while the refurbishment work went on, but did affect the roses situated on either side of the hotel entrance.
“Our roses are 160 years old, almost as old as the building,” he said.
The original school building was designed by architect Robert de Little and built by James Fletcher and George Field for one thousand pounds.
“Past students at the old grammar school wrote on the doors. We had a 92-year-old woman come in looking for her grandfather’s name, and I could show her,” Mr Pentland said.
“It’s a unique hotel because of the connection with the grammar school.”
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