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Black Lion gets a makeover

Tuesday, 20th August, 2013

Workers removed parts of the Black Lion Inn’s facade on Sunday. Workers removed parts of the Black Lion Inn’s facade on Sunday.

By Kurtis J Eichler

The Black Lion Inn’s facade has been stripped as part the restoration of the old 123-year-old pub.

Workers pulled the tiles off the roof of the Blende Street watering hole on Sunday and tore down damaged windows and frames ahead of a $60,000 reconstruction job.

Publican Geoff Luke said the facade had been on the hotel for 42 years and was in need of a spruce up.

“It’ll just look better,” Mr Luke said. “A few hailstones have damaged it a while back and it started to deteriorate.”

The removal of the tired frontage also revealed the previous name of the pub - the Federal Hotel.

It was named the Federal Palace Hotel when it opened in 1900 until its name changed in 1952. In 1971 it became the Black Lion Inn under then publican Albert Smith. Mr Luke bought the hotel in 1978.

 
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