Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Time comes dripping slow


The blunt of the facade proudly proclaims that the Imperial Hotel was erected in 1910, in the dog-days of the reign of Edward VII, with an empire that turned a Mercator map into a sea of pink.

The sign is no longer there that promises that the renovations will be completed in time for the centenary. They just *might* be open for Christmas ...

Here is Jim's 2007 photo prior to renovations commencing.

18 comments:

Kay L. Davies said...

I remember those Mercator maps with all the pink parts. I was so proud to be part of it when I was a young child.
I smiled about the hotel's centenary being missed last year. When we were in Russia, we visited a city whose millennium was celebrated last year. Canada and Australia are so young and brash, aren't we?

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

Kate said...

Renovation is good!

Jeff said...

Beautiful textures to those doors. Hope the renovation, when finished meets everyone's satisfaction.

J Bar said...

Interesting to see. I'd forgotten that shot of mine. :)

Julie said...

I am hoping, in particular, that the renovation will result in $25 roast dinners on the weekends. It is only a short walk up the hill, just along from the Post Office.

Cooking a roast dinner for one has always been beyond me!

Unknown said...

Looks like a mighty job to fix this old place up, but what a lovely place it might be! I hate to see these old buildings crumble and disappear.

J Bar said...

Julie, I can't recall seeing any sentry boxes or photos of them. It would be good to see some.

Julie said...

I agree, Jim, even if they are only sketches from the time. I know where at least three were located so will keep searching ...

Virginia said...

Reno is a blessing but the stuff before it is so very interesting.
V

magiceye said...

hope it is ready to serve by christmas!

Seventy Plus said...

Hope this does not turn into a "12th of never" job

Peter said...

keep those door! they look great.

Joe said...

Great title for this photo Julie.

Julie said...

Oops ... I nicked it from Yeats, Joe.

Birdman said...

Hilarious comment.

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brattcat said...

a lot of work ahead, but hopefully it will come out as pleasing as a sunday roast.

Joan Elizabeth said...

Reminds me of the Carrington renovation in Katoomba, went on forever and everything looks so run down until it eventually comes together.