14: Better Paint Jobs
What if heritage buildings had better colour schemes that enhanced their rich detail?
There seems to be a thing at the moment where every time an older building is refurbished or just repainted, the modernising thing to do is to just ‘greywash’ or ‘beigewash’ the old facades. Perhaps this is a reaction to that earlier period in the 90s where every old building was being decked out in Tuscan terracotta and cypress green or gaudy and clownish schemes like aubergine and orange.
But the current fad often does nothing for the heavily ornamented facades of these old piles which is I suspect the thing most people like about them as they move about the city.
Included here are a few pics of the good, the bad and the ugly to show what I mean.
Britomart is a great case study in doing it well. Cooper and Co with their refurbishment a few years back of the old Stanbeth and Excelsior Houses on Customs Street. As I recall when the renovations were first complete they were in a fairy neutral cream colour scheme. It was a while later that they came back and put the aqua, maroon and gilt gold highlights that really make this frontage sing. We could do with more of this.
1) The bad: Before and Afters of the old Queenshead Hotel façade (Image credit: Craig https://www.flickr.com/photos/craigsyd))
2) The ugly: Recent paint job on Victoria Street West (image by Stuart)
3) The good: Stanbeth and Excelsior Houses, Britomart (Image credit: Craig https://www.flickr.com/photos/craigsyd))