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 Posted: Sat May 29th, 2021 09:38 pm
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Now with a 'roof'

In Melbourne we are in a lock-down again. Certainly not an ideal situation but since you can only leave home two hours a day, I have more time to work on Wombat Creek. The last couple of days the focus has been on the roof of the hotel.



Nowadays the original hotel has a flat roof with a rooftop bar. It could be interesting to copy, but I have decided to go further back in time. An old aerial photo (probably from 1927/28) shows the hotel with a pitched roof and chimneys. For the time being the proprietor enjoys the view of the intersection.



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The roof is finished

Like Jeff/SRman I try to get the most out of our current lock-down in Melbourne . Well, not as much as him since I am not retired!

As I wrote in a previous post I have decided to do a pitched roof on the hotel. It is now finished except for a wash of diluted black paint to take the shine off.



The proprietor has taken advantage of one of three access points on the roof. He seems to be in a very precarious situation with quite a free fall in front of him. Don't worry – I will install a secure walkway along the roof.



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 Posted: Sat Jun 12th, 2021 01:42 am
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Too many details?

Can you do too many details? I don't think so. As long as you have the time and have fun, you can add as many details to your layout as you want.



Because of the rather large windows parts of the interior of the hotel is quite visible. So I have started to model the ground floor bar. The photo shows the counter with its beer pumps, bartender and a thirsty couple. A waiter is serving coffee for a couple of seated ladies. Everything and everybody will be transferred to the hotel itself. I am just waiting for around 200 guests to arrive from overseas. With the current COVID-19 restrictions and closed borders it will take a while. Meantime I will install hotel's doors and signs.



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I always think some sort if interior is a great idea, even if you are the only one who ends up knowing it is there!  And your bar looks great.  I'll have a Martini please, shaken not stirred, obviously.
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 Posted: Sat Jun 12th, 2021 11:17 pm
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Headmaster wrote: I always think some sort if interior is a great idea, even if you are the only one who ends up knowing it is there!  And your bar looks great.  I'll have a Martini please, shaken not stirred, obviously.
Michael

Hi Michael,

You shall be welcome anytime! And of course, shaken not stirred.



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Duncan & Fraser Hotel is open for business

After a few days of frantic work the ground floor of the Duncan & Fraser hotel is open for business. The men from 'Ray Knott's Joinery' have fitted all the doors and a staircase between the ground floor and the first floor.






The sign writer finally got all the signs right. Only two brass signs near a doorway went missing.






Chloé has already got an admirer, but I am not sure his girlfriend shares his excitement.






The original hotel
The Princes Bridge Hotel opened on 1 July 1861 by John P. Toohey and his brother who later went on to found the Tooheys Beer brand. The Hotel was renamed to Young and Jackson after the Irish diggers who took it over in 1875, cousins Henry Figsby Young and Thomas Joshua Jackson.
The hotel is an amalgamation of five separate buildings of two and three storeys, with the original 1853 bluestone building designed as a three-storey residence, with a butcher's shop on the ground floor. It was later extended in both directions, with all buildings rendered and painted to match each other by the 1920s. The red glaze tile dado and ornamental frieze was added to combat the grime at ground level. Since the 1920s the exterior hotel has been dominated by large advertising signs, even to this day.
The hotel is well known for the nude painting Chloé, painted by French artist Jules Joseph Lefebvre in 1875. After being hung in the National Gallery of Victoria for three weeks in 1883, it was withdrawn from exhibition because of the uproar created especially by the Presbyterian Assembly. It was bought for the Young and Jackson Hotel in 1908 for 800 pounds.
(Extract from Wikipedia.org)


The ‘Wombat Creek’ version
The hotel has been renamed ‘Duncan and Fraser’ after the well-known coach-builders from Adelaide. Over the years their workshop constructed 120 trams for the Adelaide tramways, 39 tram for provincial Victoria and approx. 120 trams for Melbourne. Instead of ‘Princes Bridge Hotel’ the hotel in Wombat Creek sports the name ‘Golden Mile Hotel’ taken from the nearby street name.
The large advertising signs on the building will be inspired from signs seen on the hotel in the 1960s. They will a selection based on what suits Wombat Creek and me. As a dedicated non-smoker I will leave out the big advertisement for cigarettes!
The interior of the hotel will only be partly modelled and will not reflect the original hotel. One reason for this is the lack of room. One of the facades has been ‘bent’ around the corner facing Victoria Street instead of Main Street. Chloé, however, will appear inside the hotel!



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Lovely model!

I enjoy reading up the real history as well. And I've just realised that I walked right past the Hotel, but all I had eyes for was Flinders Street Station steps!


IIRC there was a model shop in Swanston St from where I brought a Lima B Class V/Line home.



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Alan W wrote: Lovely model!

I enjoy reading up the real history as well. And I've just realised that I walked right past the Hotel, but all I had eyes for was Flinders Street Station steps!


IIRC there was a model shop in Swanston St from where I brought a Lima B Class V/Line home.


You had a chance of a brief encounter ( and a beer!) With Cloe and you missed it   :cry:



Loving the unfolding story Claus  :thumbs


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