From the Resene News – issue 3/2006
Soot saver - Eichardt's Hotel
Gracing the Queenstown lakefront, Eichardt's Hotel has been a part of the scenery since the 1860s, though its current grandeur belies its humble beginnings dating back to a woolshed built by William Rees, the first European settler. With a groundswell of new settlers arriving with the discovery of gold, the small woolshed was converted to a more profitable piece of real estate as the Queen's Arms Hotel, before being acquired in 1866 by Albert Eichardt who developed the land further building the current hotel in 1871.
Considered for years to be the leading accommodation in town, it was extended in 1886 and has continued life as a hotel. The lower floor serving as the public bar was severely flooded in 1999 prompting an extensive modification programme with a price tag to match.
Intent on replicating the original façade, the concrete plaster has been repainted in Resene AquaShield tinted to a neutral palette of Resene Merino (greened off-white), Resene Parchment (light beige neutral) and Resene Soapstone (barely there cream) complemented by Resene Enamacryl tinted to Resene Rangoon Green (jungle green) on wooden trim and joinery and grounded by a base of Resene Lumbersider tinted to Resene Arrowtown (warm earthy neutral).
With the mighty old Earnslaw traversing the lake and emitting free floating soot that slowly covers the CBD, selecting a low maintenance exterior finish was critical. Resene AquaShield was deemed the ideal solution to help keep the exterior looking fresh for longer, with its mineral effect finish making it both harder for soot to become ingrained and easier for it to be naturally washed off in rainy conditions.
With over a century of accommodation under its belt, guests know they are in experienced hands.
Building Contractor: Bob Dennison, Skyline Enterprises
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