What fine features lurk beneath the surface #1: Craftsmanship revisited Columns

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 08-14-2014 11:52 PM 1804 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Sydney NSW Australia
The Harbour View Hotel

Reason for being there:
I was doing electrical work at the Hotel with my sons.

Now I direct your attention to the photo of the Hotel, then in particular to the right hand side, and the building next door, there is a brown column feature at the entrance.

So what you may say.
Well I was outside tracing an building earth when I discovered some very interesting.

I stopped to take a closer look and needed to do a double take on the columns,..... and sure enough the entire structure had been made from wood. At first I did not believe it, hence the double take.

How I discovered this was the fact the building is derelict and empty the elements had taken its toll on the paint work exposing the timber.

Looking around and examining it closely I found that complete structure had been made from wood

The bottom plate base surround and column were all made from wood, carefully fitted to what looks to be a sandstone foundation which was then rendered on the sides.

I whipped out my phone a snapped a few pictures.
I didnt get a full frontal picture as I was concerned I would get busted for “goofing off”

So why did I post it, a couple of reasons,

1. I was amazed to see it was all wood, I would have expected something like that to be concrete or simply a plaster facade not an actual load bearing structure.
2. The building is part of the general renovation of “The Rocks” area and the tenants have been evected.
3. Finally I am tipping the timber structure will all get ripped down as the area is renovated and willnever seen again,at least not in the 3D form!
4. I would be interested to sit in the pub and talk to the person who built it and hear their story of its construction.

That would surely be and interesting tale.

enjoy some of our fading history

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 08-15-2014 12:47 AM

Its been a long time since I was at this place, before all the road changes !!
It doesnt look at though the columns are load bearing other than the frieze etc. what wood do you think it is Oak or a hardwood?

Curious now

-- patindale8

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#2 posted 08-15-2014 01:17 AM

Hello Pat

I didnt realise you were in Armidale, the majority of LJs and Jills are USA based.

Have you been inside the Hotel? it is in itself a marvel of woodworking at its finest.

Oak panneling throught and marquetery flooring.

The columns next door

Considerings the age of the building I am assuming its a hardwood.

You may also be correct depending if the verandah above is canterlevered it may not be load bearing.

I will take another look next visit, if its still there that is.

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 08-15-2014 09:07 AM

One of many treasures disappearing on a daily basis. Soon we will be left with mainly concrete and glass.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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David Dean

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#4 posted 08-15-2014 09:23 AM

that was cool.

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