Historic hotel looking after its windows

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The Customs House Hotel, located on the Hobart waterfront, adjacent to Parliament House, was built in 1846. The building is a well known watering hole and there is even a rumour of a tunnel that exists between the hotel and Parliament House!

Sealasash have been engaged to come up with a heritage sensitive method to reduce noise and make the beautiful Georgian windows work. So a crew has been on site this week retrofitting acoustic and thermal improved glass as well fitting as our tried and tested Sealasash draught seal system (which also assists in reducing noise). The window sashes are made of rare Australian cedar and were found to be in reasonable condition. Where rot was evident in sashes it was because windows had been painted and sealed shut. New rails were made and inserted to match.

There is an emerging trend from our experience of rot being associated with painted in and sealed shut sliding sashes. This spells disaster for the future of our historic windows. it is great to see that Customs House Hotel want to look after and conserve the original windows. Hobart is so lucky to have such a stock of these old buildings and the windows are a major feature that must in our opinion be kept.

If you would like to talk to a timber window expert who understands all your options, and who will listen to your priorities, then please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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