Restoring the past
The bones of the hotel will always be strong considering the use of concrete in art deco construction but when nearly every single window and several doors are rotten you know nothing but a full restoration will be enough.
When you see the beautiful windows (including some original lead light ones) it is hard to imagine the state they were in before. While some were able to be salvaged and restored there were a few that needed replaced but due to the quality of the restoration you would struggle to tell which ones are new and which were original.
In the past some of the lead light windows had been replaced with plain ones but Jan hired an incredibly skilled individual who not only built custom replacement windows but also constructed new doors for the bar which included lead light windows that match the rest of the room.
When a building is of this age there are some gems to be found. Under a thick black lacquer covering doors, walls, handrails was beautifully glowing rimu and oak wood in brilliant condition. The discovery of untouched wooden doors and walls was made while evaluating the office (this room was in the best original condition of the whole hotel) and to give you some idea of the commitment involved each door took around 12 hours to sand back.
Major work also included the bar being completely restored with a new patio outside that enjoys the sun for most of the day.
The aim the whole time has been to keep or recreate as much of the Art Deco architecture as possible. One of the sad realities of being a 70+ year old building is how much had been damaged or removed, only one of the original Art Deco fireplaces is still usable with the rest removed or filled in.