“Cortina” Local Heritage Residence
Built in 1884 by VS Martin, “Cortina” is in group of three two-storey houses on the edge of the Cathedral Precinct that form a part of the significant North Adelaide townscape. It is listed as local heritage in the City of Adelaide. The front of this elegant freestanding Victorian terrace house is constructed of sandstone with carefully rendered details, and the side walls are built of bluestone. In recent times, it has been beautifully and respectfully restored by the current owners.
Heritage Reconstruction Work
In October 2015, Lancaster Painters Australia were contracted by TD & LJ Reid Maintenance to perform heritage remedial and reconstruction work to the water damaged ceiling, wall and picture rail of the staircase. Prior to commencement of works, we implemented work health and safety strategies, laid plastic and drop sheets to protect the work areas and items including the carpet. Communication with the customer was paramount to complete the works around their lifestyle.
Works involved moisture testing, colour matching, scraping, plastering, filling and painting. We stripped the wallpaper from the water damaged ceiling and repainted it as requested. After painting all surfaces, we applied a French wash effect by hand to the wall to match the original wash in design and colour. During the process of works and on completion of works, we cleaned the work areas and removed the rubbish from the site. All work was completed to Australian Industry Standards.
The clients were impressed with our workmanship and hired our services for further interior remedial and reconstruction repaint work of water damaged areas of their house. In February 2016, they hired our services again to repaint the stringers and skirtings of the staircase and to perform exterior repaint work. Sections of the front fence and gate, the wooden lattice, window frames and the front door were repainted to match the original heritage colour scheme. Gary Lancaster repainted the name “Cortina” on the pillar of the fence (see photo at top of page).
“Last year Gary Lancaster was suggested by our insurance company to carry out repair work following heavy rain which led to serious damage to the surface of a wall in our house. As the technique used on the wall involved a french wash, it required some experience and skill. I am pleased to say that Gary did an extremely professional job, within the time frame promised. The quality of the work was very important to us as the house dates from the 1880’s and is of some historic interest. Since then we have also contracted Gary to do more work, involving the repair and painting of window frames and both interior and exterior walls. In all cases the work has been done in a professional way, with careful attention to detail, minimal fuss and on time. My wife and I are pleased to recommend Gary as a highly skilled painter. We will certainly use his services again and we recommend him to you in the strongest possible terms.”
Professor Anthony W. Thomas
Cortina Front Door Heritage Painting – Before & After