Grants re­store his­toric edge

Albany Extra - - News - Saskia Adysti

Some of Al­bany’s his­tor­i­cal build­ings such as the Royal George Ho­tel will soon be re­vi­talised with a fresh look un­der the State Gov­ern­ment Her­itage Grants Pro­gram.

The his­toric Royal George Ho­tel will re­ceive a $100,000 grant to re­in­state the build­ing’s orig­i­nal two­s­torey veranda.

Four build­ings on Stir­ling Ter­race which over­look Al­bany’s Princess Royal Har­bour and date back to the mid-1800s will re­ceive more than $34,000.

Depart­ment of Plan­ning, Lands and Her­itage com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Chuck El­lis said the Royal George Ho­tel had its orig­i­nal veranda re­moved be­cause of safety con­cerns in the mid-1900s. “Un­for­tu­nately, the in­tru­sive awning that re­placed the veranda is now caus­ing struc­tural dam­age to the build­ing,” Mr El­lis said.

“With the prior safety con­cerns no longer an is­sue, this year’s project will see the re­moval of the dam­ag­ing awning and en­sur­ing the build­ing’s orig­i­nal ap­pear­ance is re­in­stated along with the func­tional mul­ti­storey veranda space.”

The Her­itage Grants Pro­gram has awarded al­most 790 grants, to­talling $20.8 mil­lion since the pro­gram’s in­cep­tion in 1997.

This year, 22 projects have been awarded her­itage grants — 11 metropoli­tan and 11 re­gional projects — and a to­tal of $1.222 mil­lion has been al­lo­cated in fund­ing.

The Royal George Ho­tel build­ing on Stir­ling Ter­race.

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