Edwardian Decorative Mouldings in Demand

43 Hilda St, Balwyn front

Edwardian pier caps.

Often the Finishing Touch are kept busy supplying French provincial decorative mouldings for the ever popular architectural style. But last week Edwardian pier caps and wall capping seemed to be most in demand.

A builder in Kiama, NSW was supplied with six custom sized Edwardian pier caps. Four were sized at 440mm x 400 mm whilst two were 640mm x 640mm. Another builder was supplied with six Edwardian pier caps, sized 600mm x 600mm and 7.8 metres of Edwardian wall capping, 240mm wide for a build of a post-modern home in Malvern. 120 metres of flatband decorative mouldings, model # DGB075, sized at 75mm x 20mm also lifted the finish for this home.

A house in Evans Road, Kew is being renovated by the owner. Old decorative mouldings on the building from twenty years ago now need replacing. The Finishing Touch supplied 9.6 metres of parapet mouldings, model # P8300, sized at 300mm x 235mm and 36 meters of parapet mouldings, model # P8200, sized at 200mm x 155m. Six custom made Edwardian pier caps, sized 500mm x 500mm and 9.6 metres of custom made Edwardian wall capping, 260mm wide give an elegant finish to fencing, whilst 24 metres of stringer mouldings, model # M22, sized at 100mm x 45mm help decorate the al fresco pool area.

A post-modern, 2 storey house in Keysborough features faux weatherboard panels on the top storey with brickwork underneath. Bricks are rendered immediately below the weatherboard panels and exposed on the bottom section. Flatband decorative mouldings, model # DGB1003, sized 100mm x 30mm were supplied to be used as a stringer at the junction of the rendered brick and exposed brickwork.

An owner/builder needed eight custom designed columns, each 1700 mm high by 450mm diameter together with Doric bases and Tuscan capitals for a home in Reservoir, which will create a splendid façade. Ninety metres of window architraves, model # W19D, sized 120mm x 55mm completes the decorative finish.

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Fine Examples of Decorative Buildings Lost to Melbourne

The art of decorative moulding on buildings has been around for a long, long time. Melbourne sadly has demolished many examples of beautiful buildings greatly enhanced by intricate, decorative architectural mouldings. Most of the buildings featured in this blog by the Finishing Touch would be unknown to people today. One of the earliest built of these classic, old buildings was the Oriental Bank in 1856 on the corner of Queen Street and Flinders Lane.

Melbourne Oriental Bank

The city was only twenty years old and Queen Street was a muddy track. A competition was held by the bank amongst Melbourne’s architects and the winner was this Greek temple themed design. Unfortunately, the bank went out of business in 1884 and the building was demolished.

Scott’s Hotel was the destination for Melburnians who enjoyed the finest food and wine and became Melbourne’s oldest continuously operating hotel. Built at 444 Collins Street in 1860, and substantially remodelled between 1910 and 1914.

Melburne Scotts Hotel

Dame Nellie Melba and English cricket legend W.G.Grace were among many notable people who stayed there until it was sold to the Royal Insurance Co in 1961. It has since been demolished and office blocks put up in its place.

Built in 1867 at 140 William Street to accommodate the visit of the Duke of Edinburgh, the Menzies Hotel was another of Melbourne’s most impressive luxury hotels.

Melbourne Menzies Hotel

Sarah Bernhardt, Mark Twain, Alexander Graham Bell, Herbert Hoover and General Douglas Macarthur all stayed there. In 1969 it was demolished to make way for the BHP Plaza.

The grand Federal Hotel and Coffee Palace was built in 1888 to coincide with the Melbourne Centennial Exhibition (marking 100 years of Australian white settlement). Once known as one of the world’s largest and most opulent hotels.

Melbourne Federal Hotel & Coffee Palace

The first two floors housed impressive dining, reading, smoking and billiard rooms, with 5 stories of luxurious guest accommodation. The interior was so striking that the building became a tourist attraction.

Melbourne Federal Hotel & Coffee Palace int

Demolished in 1973, the site sold for redevelopment despite pleas to have it saved as a heritage building.

The Queen Victoria Building on Swanston Street between Bourke and Collins Streets was built in 1888, opposite the town hall. A rare local example of French Second Empire architecture, the elaborate facade and roof of the building was further ornamented by a number of statues, including one of Queen Victoria herself.

Melbourne Queen Victoria bldg

Housing high end retail shops it featured a glass topped arcade that ran between Bourke and Collins, named The Queens Walk. In the late 1960’s the Melbourne City Council demolished this and several other buildings to create City Square.

The Fishmarket building was built in 1890, situated between King Street and Spencer Street. It was probably the most spectacular of these lost buildings. Built in 1890 it was used as a commercial market for fish and other fresh produce.

Melbourne fishmarkets

Prior to the Olympic Games held in Melbourne in 1956 a number of Melbourne’s older buildings were demolished to ‘modernise’ the look of the city. This building was a casualty and was replaced by a carpark!

These buildings are delightfully decorative with the addition of decorative mouldings created from stone. These days, with the introduction of lightweight, decorative mouldings suburban homes can carry a touch of the splendour and grandeur of these classic designs. The Finishing Touch are the go-to supplier for builders of homes in Melbourne who want quality, long lasting, lightweight architectural mouldings.

Lightweight Decorative Mouldings For French Provincial or Post-Modern Styles

43 Hilda St, Balwyn front

French provincial Finishing Touch decorative mouldings.

Two French provincial houses, each sixty squares are being built in North Balwyn. The style will be greatly enhanced with the use of the Finishing Touch French provincial decorative mouldings. Each house will use exactly the same lightweight, exterior mouldings:

60 metres of French provincial parapet, model # P4300, sized 300mm x 285mm, 64.8 metres of French provincial flatband, model # M28, sized 500mm x 30mm, 62 metres of French provincial flatband, model # DGB1003, sized 100mm x 30mm, 50.4 metres of French provincial plinths model # DGPL400P, sized 400mm x 55mm and 8.4 metres of French provincial revealed plain window sills, model # M13, sized 144mm x 175mm.

A thirty square post-modern home in East Ringwood is under development. Arches will be a strong feature in this design with requirements for 86 metres of window arches, model # W 22, sized 100mm x 30mm for fifteen windows along with 18 metres of window sills, model # WS5R2, sized 133mm x 91mm and two arches, model # W22, one arch 1400mm diameter, the other 1700mm diameter. Three keystones, model # GK3, will top the arches. The build will also use 31.2 metres of parapet moulding, model # P7180, sized 180mm x 95mm and 29.2 metres of stringer, model # M22, sized 180mm x 45mm,

A very well-known builder has sourced decorative mouldings from the Finishing Touch for a property in Clyde. He is completing the build with a number of flatband designs – 9.6 metres of flatband, model # M27, sized 250mm x 30mm, 2.4 metres of flatband, model # M29, sized 170mm x 130mm and 9.6 metres of flatband, model # DGB100, sized 100mm x 20mm.

Another builder has ordered decorative mouldings from the Finishing Touch for a property in East Kew. The façade will be enhanced by 180 metres of parapet, model # P8200, sized 200mm x 155mm and 400mm beneath it a smaller parapet, model # P8155, sized 155mm x 120mm. Windows will be decorated with 171 metres of window architraves, model # W1100, sized 100mm x 45mm and 48.6 metres of window sill, model # WSR15, sized 135mm x 185mm. To install the lightweight, exterior mouldings the builder has ordered 15 cans of Touch’n’Seal.

 

Post-Modern Units Require Decorative Mouldings

Units are the order of the day recently with enquiry coming into the Finishing Touch for decorative mouldings for three lots of units in Glen Waverly, Murrumbeena and Box Hill North.

Two post-modern units, 30 squares each in Glen Waverley, that are under development, require 106 metres of under gutter moulding, model # PE70, sized 70mm x70mm. To complete the post-modern style they also require 106 metres of stringer (flat), model # S19A, sized 260mm x 90mm and 122 metres of stringer, model # S19, sized 120mm x 89mm.

Another two units under development, 30 squares each in the post-modern style are located in Murrumbeena. They require 55m of parapet moulding, model # P8250, sized 250mm x 195mm, 55m of flatband, model # M120, sized 120mm x 30mm and 106 metres of flatband, model # DGBO75, sized 75mm x 20mm.

Three double storey units, 20 squares each, post-modern design located in Box Hill North are also under development. They require 82 metres of parapet mouldings, model # P8155, sized 155mm x 120mm, 82 metres of stringer, model # S6R2, sized 55mm x 27mm, 107 metres of window architraves, model # W1100, sized 100mm x 45mm, 34 metres of window sills, model # WS15, sized 130mm x 65mm.

A builder has enquired about Finishing Touch high quality decorative mouldings for a property in Sandy Bay, Tasmania, currently under development. This build needs 116 metres of window architraves, model # W22, sized 100mm x 30mm, 42 metres of window header, model # W190JV, sized 180mm x 190mm and 9 metres of flatband, model # DGBI003, sized 100mm x 30mm.

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The Architectural Value and History of The Royal Exhibition Building

The Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton, Melbourne is an iconic building that was first constructed for the international exhibition held in 1880. Designed by Architect Joseph Reed of Reed and Barnes, the hall was originally surrounded by an array of annexes, with one of the annexes housing Melbourne’s first aquarium. His grand design was influenced by Rundbogenstil, a round-arched architectural style that combines elements from Byzantine, Romanesque, Lombardic and Italian Renaissance buildings and the design for the dome was influenced by Brunelleschi’s 15th-century cathedral in Florence.Decorative mouldings and architectural features abound. This magnificent building has served the city of Melbourne in many guises.

Original building with annexes.

In 1901, the western annexe was converted to accommodate the Parliament of Victoria. In 1912 the Great Hall was the venue for the first Victorian Motor Exhibition, featuring parts, oils and the latest in imported vehicles. Seven years later the Great Hall was commandeered to be a hospital during the Spanish Influenza pandemic. Home Shows, first held in 1936, were popular with Melburnians, keen to see the latest trends in home and garden design. The Melbourne International Garden Show is still held at the Exhibition building and surrounding gardens annually.

Floral exhibits in the Great Hall.

The first exhibitions of the Australian War Memorial were held in one of the annexes and trainee technicians from the Royal Australian Air Force were actually housed in the Great Hall during the Second World War.

Following decades in which the building was used as a venue for charity dances, state receptions, musical pageants, evangelist missions and balls it became dilapidated and neglected with little consideration given to its historical value. In 1985 restoration work commenced and in the 1990s the building came under the care of Museum Victoria. It became World Heritage listed on 1 July 2004, after a rigorous international assessment process by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee. As the only 19th century Great Hall to survive largely intact, still being in its original landscape setting, and used as an exhibition and event venue to this day, it is of enormous architectural value to the people of Melbourne.

 

 

Pier Caps Create A Grand Style On The Streestcape

The Finishing Touch manufactures and prepares pier caps for both builders and landscapers in a range of styles:

Edwardian

Victorian

Georgian

French

French Small

French Modern

Plain

A builder in Brighton is being supplied with French Modern pier caps and wall capping in the same style for a new home being built on a block where the old home has been demolished. 18 Plain pier caps are also being supplied to a builder in Shepparton. The Finishing Touch can also supply rectangular pier caps or custom make them to suit your individual piers. Pier cap decorative mouldings give a complete finish to your building’s fencing, creating a grand style on the streetscape and a good impression upon entry to the property.

A post-modern, double storey home of fifty squares in Mt. Waverley is currently under development. The build requires 9.6 metres of parapet, model # P8430, sized 430mmx 335mm, 64.8 metres of parapet, model # P8300, sized 300mm x 235mm, 264 metres of architraves, model # W1100, sized 100mm x 45mm, 48 metres of parapet, model # P8250, sized 250mm x 195mm and 40.8 metres of flatband, model # M27, 250mm x 30mm.

Whatever style of home your next build is the Finishing Touch can supply lightweight, decorative mouldings to complement and enhance the design of the house.  Quality is guaranteed and fixing is easy and effective with the addition of the DAP system supplied by the Finishing Touch.  Including exterior architectural mouldings to residential builds is an easy way to add value and distinction.

 

Finishing Touch Decorative Mouldings And DAP Adhesive System

Finishing Touch Decorative Mouldings.

Apart from supplying lightweight decorative mouldings for new builds the Finishing Touch are sometimes asked to replace decorative mouldings that have been supplied by other suppliers but have failed.  For example, they were once asked to manufacture and install architectural mouldings for a new home because the exterior mouldings that had been installed were not level and didn’t follow the construction lines of the house, with joins visible and the mouldings not meeting. Corners were broken and the previous repairs were poor and patchy. This unfortunate experience for the owners illustrates why builders should take care in selecting their decorative moulding supplier. This was not an isolated incident, the Finishing Touch have been called upon regularly to replace faulty decorative mouldings on homes.

On another project the Finishing Touch were asked to supply decorative mouldings to match and blend with architectural mouldings already installed during the original build. The Finishing Touch were able to match the mouldings and manufacture decorative mouldings that would blend in and complement those already on the house.

To ensure all builders can have confidence in the adherence of lightweight decorative mouldings on their builds the Finishing Touch are now supplying the DAP Touch’n’Seal system.

It’s the fastest moulding install method available with a drying and full grab time of only 3-5 mins (depending on humidity levels). Compared to most other polyurethane foam based products, which take 10 mins or more to dry, this is a faster system  and has been proven to be reliable, strong and long lasting. The DAP Touch’n’Seal system has proven popular with builders since the Finishing Touch began supplying it directly late last year.. It’s fire rated and can also be used for polystyrene foam cladding walls and as a gap filler around cables and pipes on building sites.