Boost for hall interior

Restoring the grandeur of yesteryear is no easy task.

Just ask the painters charged with the painstaking and intricate job of repainting the interior of Maryborough’s historic town hall theatre.

The imposing heritage-protected interior, including upper level walls, cornices, balustrades and lace ironwork, are all gaining the benefit of several new licks of paint.

And not just any paint, with colours chosen to as closely as possible replicate the tones used back in the day.

“All the colours were chosen by a conservator, a specialist in heritage colours who used photographs and scraped back through several layers of paint to look at what was used over the past 125 years,” said Dave Hartwell whose business, Rapid Response Building Services, has the painting contract.

Central Goldfields Shire Council has engaged the Carisbrook business to complete the detailed task, a project which Dave says involves more than three weeks of work.

It also involves some fairly high scaffolding and a fair degree of physical exertion for Maryborough’s Isaac Vlcek, Leigh Argall and Brad Jackson who are part of the painting team for the project.

Brad said 11 different colours are being applied to the theatre’s upper level cornices while seven are featured for those on the lower level.

Names like sky lodge blue, taj, Amazon depths, swinging vine and pheasant brown are among the evocative labels on the paint tins.

Gold, bronze and a shade titled “lounge leather” also get a show, Dave said.

Just painting the cast iron work requires four coats, he said.

“The cutting in is probably the most challenging part,” Isaac said.

“You have to be so precise and careful.”

Central Goldfields general manager technical services, David Sutcliffe said the $40,000 project is part of a wider, staged restoration of the town hall.

Future stages will include repainting the council chamber interior and the building exterior, while a lift is also expected to be installed in the 1887 building later this year, Mr Sutcliffe said.

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