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Saint Sebastian


This historic, heritage building in the Masterton CBD, which was formerly a Masonic Lodge, is now home to the high end restaurant Saint Sebastian.

The building was purpose built for the Masonic Trust in 1926 and was used as a hall and offices. It was sold in 2001 and from there upgraded into restaurant and bar, while maintaining its special charm. Up until 2001 the exterior was mostly unpainted plaster. The front wall only was painted a yellow colour in 2001 and since then the colour has been changed over the last 20 years a number of times.

Saint Sebastian restaurant

The building closed in 2017, with no tenant. In 2019 the building was purchased by three local businessmen who wanted to restore the building, which had become lifeless and seemed such a waste of what truly is a heritage gem in our community.

This was a very exciting project to be asked to be a part of, giving the opportunity to restore an old building and bringing its character to life.

Saint Sebastian restaurant - outdoor garden

Project Description

The building was strengthened and restored into a high-end restaurant and offices.

Being such a beautifully old building the owners really wanted to do it justice. One of the owners was going through the internet looking for a colour scheme and found a photo of a heritage hotel, Saint Catherines Palace, 30kms south of Saint Petersburg, in Russia. The photo was printed off and Resene matched the colours perfectly.

Blue restaurant exterior

Saint Sebastian restaurant - blue exterior

In discussion with the owners, it was decided to paint the side and back walls of the building, plus the roof to really do the building justice.

The final result is stunning, transforming a former blank, colourless building into a striking sea of blue and white using Resene French Pass and Resene Sea Fog, the colours are both serene and calming, with the pop of gold Resene Treasure Chest giving it that elegant and stylish look while fitting in with its heritage. Resene X-200 weathertight membrane was chosen for its depth of colour, being such a prominent building in town it really stands out now whatever way you are driving towards it in town. Resene FX Metallic Treasure Chest really captures the sunlight, sparkling on the beautiful sunny days we have here in the Wairarapa, as well as reflecting well at night time with the lights that light up the building each night. Resene Lumbersider in Resene Charcoal was used for the garden edging as it is hard-wearing and the low sheen finish goes well with the greenery that has been planted. Resene Summit Roof CoolColour All Black provides durability against the ever changing weather in the Wairarapa.

Blue heritage building exterior

Blue heritage building exterior 2

The interior went through much the same process using natural colours to highlight the heritage features.

The building being restored has been a highlight for many locals, with several articles in the local paper, and ongoing compliments for the building's new appearance.

Painting contractor: Performance Decorating Limited
Photographer: Jason Ireland
Project: Resene Total Colour Awards 2020

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