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From the Resene News – issue 1/2003

Looks like a lady - The Empire Tavern

Empire Tavern has graced the corner of Victoria and Nelson Street in AucklandThe historically rated iconic Empire Tavern has graced the corner of Victoria and Nelson Street in Auckland since 1863. New operators identified the exterior was in need of a facelift to restore this grand building to its heyday glory.

The dilapidated solid concrete block and brickwork exterior required chemwashing to fully cleanse the weathered exterior. A topcoat system of two coats of Resene Lumbersider tinted to Resene Napa (grey based neutral), accompanied by Resene Enamacryl tinted to Resene Nero (inky blue black) on doors and Resene Black White (black edged white) on trim and joinery was then selected for its ability to protect and enhance the building's character.

Collaboration between client, contractor and Resene ensured the finished system exceeded expectations with the full project completed in just 14 days. Project Manager, Anthony Gussenhoven draws pride from the project - "By working closely with our client we have been able to influence a focal point, which not only captures the historical value of the building but also draws a well known icon into the modern era." More importantly, the owners have been amply rewarded for their refurbishment efforts in the form of increased customer traffic from the casual bar area through to the function centre.

When next in Auckland follow the queues heading for the Empire, and combine admiration of a grand old lady restored to her prime with your favourite drop. The mix of visual masterpiece and warm hospitality is guaranteed to be an intoxicating blend.

Painting Contractor: Anthony Gussenhoven (Project Manager), JR Webb & Son (1932) Ltd
Resene: Troy Howell, Auckland Central Branch Manager


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