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ulholland

Restoration

&

Decorating is privileged to

have been given the opportunity to revitalise more than 35 major church interiors and other key public

buildings.

We

bring

our

experience, skills and knowledge to each new project.

CHURCH RESTORATION & DECORATING

Mulholland Restoration & Decorating | email: contact@mulholland.com.au | www.mulholland.com.au


Key Projects

Churches

Other Projects

• Sacred Heart Church, St. Kilda

• Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton

• St. Joseph’s Church, Collingwood

• National Trust Works

• Corpus Christi Chapel, Carlton

• Communication Room, Eastern Hill Fire Station

• St. Margaret Mary’s Church, East Brunswick

• Board Room, Manchester Unity Building, Melbourne

• St. Mary’s Church, Williamstown

• Regent Theatre, Melbourne

• Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Middle Park

• Various Government Building Works

• St. Bernard’s Church, Coburg

• Holy Trinity Church, Coburg

Many of our projects have won major

• Trinity Presbyterian Church, Camberwell

Architectural Awards.

• St. Michael’s Church, Ashburton • All Saints’ Church, East St. Kilda • St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne • St. Peter and Paul’s Church, South Melbourne • St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Ballarat • St. Francis’ Church, Melbourne • St. Brigid’s Church, Gisborne • Hawthorn Presbyterian Church • Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Kyneton • St. Alipius’ Church, Ballarat • Ukrainian Cathedral, North Melbourne • Loyola Chapel, Greensborough

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A l l S a i n t s ’ A n g l i c a n C h u r ch , E a s t S t K i l d a

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Saint Mary of the Angels Catholic Basilica, Geelong

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Saint Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church, South Melbourne

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S a i n t Pa t r i ck ’ s C a t h e d r a l , M e l b o u r n e

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S a i n t Fr a n c i s ’ C a t h o l i c C h u r ch , M e l b o u r n e

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S a c r e d H e a r t C a t h o l i c C h u r ch , S t K i l d a

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Our Lady of Mount Car mel Cat holic Church, Middle Par k

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S u r fa c e R e s t o r a t i o n – Fi b r e g l a s s M e m b r a n e

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A l l S a i n t s ’ A n g l i c a n C h u r ch East St Kilda

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n 2009 under the leadership of Father Ramsay Williams Mulholland Restoration & Decorating began the challenge of restoring the interior of the church. Significant water entry had discoloured the limestone arches and columns and had caused paint failure over many sections.

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One aspect of the works that had to be rectified was an apparent dislocation of the body of the church from the chancel and the sanctuary. This separation was caused by an inappropriate colour scheme and the use of a strong element of screen and ‘fence’. By way of an introduced dado and stencil to act as a link band around the church, we achieved the reconnection we were seeking. In addition, we introduced some appropriate stencilling to the Lady Chapel. This chapel had not been decorated previously and was lacking any dignified treatment which made it look very much like an afterthought. The results were very successful. The interior is now in great harmony and looks completely appropriate with a balance of traditional treatments and the freshness and cared-for look that painting, new carpet, floor polishing and new lighting contributes.

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Saint Mary of the Angels Catholic Basilica Geelong

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he exterior of the church is rich Gothic in style and presents a wonderful church in its surroundings. Mulholland Restoration & Decorating assisted with the repainting of the church in 2001.

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Almost every skill in painting and decorating has been employed to achieve this impressive outcome. The interior of the church was previously ordinary and uninviting in appearance. The paint scheme and colour was a grey/off-white flat finish paint which had a negative effect on the interior. There were some difficulties to deal with to achieve a substantial improvement in the appearance, namely an overpowering and strident orange marble the full width of the church in the altar rail, sanctuary floor, large former altar, and five ambulatory chapels. In addition, numerous bluestone and limestone cluster columns, which were supporting arches in the nave to aisle line, created an appearance of ‘striped pyjamas’ as described by Father Kevin Dillon. The interior rises to 17 metres in the crossing gable ends making the church voluminous in size. Our proposal was to create a warm sandstone colour which would pick up the pew colour and add a dado colour, giving optical weight and balance to the church. The colour had to have adequate strength to counter the strength of the marble. In addition, we proposed the reinstatement of the natural appearance of individual elements that had been previously painted over. So much minor detail had been ‘lost’ by this approach. The outcome of the works has been very well received. Much effort was put into resolving the particular challenges, and the painting system employed has given the interior a level of finish whose light reflecting influences create a comfortable appearance.

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The architectural elements that play a role in detailing the church style were all identified and some license was taken to introduce painted finishes to underscore previously unnoticed elements. For example, we painted large concrete columns in sandstone materials and banded them to create columns with appropriate appearance; arches that had no structural style were given some for a visual result. We recommended and applied a more dignified treatment for the ambulatory chapels. We presented a stencil and colour for each chapel designed to support the individual needs. Each chapel now looks specifically designed and detailed for veneration. The Stations of the Cross were conserved and the frames, which were in a very sad state, have been reconstructed, refinished and reworded in gold leaf. The works were designed to avoid interrupting the normal daily function of the church despite the requirement for scissors lifts, very large boom lifts and multiple tower scaffolds to all be in action at the same time. The works proceeded in sections to allow each area to be completed, along with rewiring and new lighting. The altars, tables, organ and pews were covered with protective cloths, cleaned and repositioned for weekend services; when needed additional plastic seating was also made available.

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Saint Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church South Melbourne

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his large was built

volume blue-stone church in the 1870s. Mulholland

Restoration & Decorating was engaged to assist with the repairs and re-painting of the interior of the church in 1999–2000.

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Under the direction of Falkinger Andronas Conservation Architecture and with the assistance of Father Bob McGuire, Parish Priest, a plan was agreed to ‘bring some life back into the interior’. The roof timbers had lost any degree of finish and appeared very tired, the walls had suffered from many and various water entry points creating significant peeling paint sections. Spider webs had taken hold throughout the church. The church had been renewed in 1970 in-line with a general reordering of churches at this time and to complete these works the interior had been painted white. It was proposed that the white represented a cleansing and rebirth. Over the years the stark white paint deteriorated and looked dirty; it offered little feeling or message of invitation. Our plan was to apply supportive colour to appropriate areas throughout the church to reinforce the architecture that had been negated by the previous white painting. All surfaces were washed and cleaned of all superficial contamination, repairs to roof timbers and plaster repairs to walls were carried out. A re-introduction of a paint colour scheme suited to the style of the church defined the character of the church. Elements representing vaulted stone ceilings were re-enforced by decorative techniques, the three main ceilings were re-varnished, the pilaster columns replicating marble were treated as marble to enforce style and the walls were treated with a traditional colour that was supported with a dado of a suitably ‘weighted‘ colour to balance the interior. S a i n t P e t e r a n d Pa u l ’ s C a t h o l i c C h u r ch | 09


The Stations of the Cross were represented with new lettering and script in outlined gold leaf. The floor of the church had suffered over the years and was in need of some work. This was stripped of the remnant coatings and washed clean prior to the floor being hand sanded to retain the ‘history’ and then stained and varnished. This treatment presented the interior of the church in a renewed and invigorated way. The white blandness was replaced by colours selected for their suitability to ecclesiastic decor. The results have been well received. The works did not interrupt the normal daily function of the church despite the use of large scaffold systems and the large amounts of dust created. The altars, tables, organ and pews were covered with protective cloths, cleaned and repositioned for weekend services. gilded frame decoration

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S a i n t Pa t r i ck ’ s C a t h o l i c C a t h e d r a l Melbourne

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n 1995, Mulholland Restoration & Decorating commenced the conservation cleaning and restoration works to the sanctuary and cheviot chapels accessed by the ambulatory in St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

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The chapels and sanctuary are decorated with a collection of stencils significant in style and colour, and are regarded as being among the richest in Victoria. The original works were carried out in 1901. Evidently no works had been undertaken in these chapels since, beyond the most rudimentary spot repairs. The stencils were cleaned and all damaged and lost paintwork was restored to its former glory. Some significant water entry problems around the base of walls and around windows had caused extensive areas of minor damage. This damage was repaired and the walls restored to their original condition. The technical difficulty of matching 100 year old paint and colour was mastered and the results allow the chapels to look at their best with no visible signs of intervention. This was a great result which took five months to achieve.

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Subsequently, we were asked by Falkinger Andronas, Conservation Architects to consider a painting procedure for the interior of the cathedral.

In developing the painting concept, consideration was given to the amber coloured windows in the side aisles and the stunning ‘rose window’.

With assistance from Monsignor William McCarthy, a bespoke colour and an application technique was developed.

The substantial optical weight and heaviness of the cathedral that had dominated the interior previously was alleviated by the use of a beautiful and warm stone colour. Glazing added depth to the colour without darkening the effect.

The previous paint colour was a dull olive grey—possibly suited to ‘bluestone’ Melbourne however the colour on a grey day had no soul and did very little for the interior, other than create a cold and institutional atmosphere. The interior architecture of the cathedral had been disguised by this treatment and our brief was to reflect some of the original architect William Wardell’s concepts into the colour, thereby acknowledging the beauty of the interior design.

In contrasting colour against timber and bluestone, we allowed a clear reading of the design and articulated each architectural element. The innovative paintwork has contributed to a beautiful and inviting interior. The finished result has been extremely well received and a key factor in the church winning an award for Conservation Architecture.

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S a i n t Fr a n c i s ’ C a t h o l i c C h u r ch Melbourne

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equested by Falkinger Andronas Conservation Architects to undertake the interior restoration of one of Australia’s busiest churches, our job was to restore the important 1842 cedar ceiling and to repaint the interior. The church holds a significant place in the centre of Melbourne and is a spiritual refuge for many from the hustle of the city life. Our job was to restore the important 1842 cedar ceiling and to repaint the interior appropriately.

We screened off a work area and quietly went about removing the multiple layers of accumulated surface coatings and contaminants. This was a difficult and dirty task, however, we persevered and succeeded in achieving a wonderful outcome. The use of candles had resulted in the sanctuary ceiling becoming so black it was not possible to see the 1870s painted decoration beneath. A very careful system of over-paint removal was developed to achieve the required outcome. Once the ceiling was a clean and dry timber surface, we applied shellac to reinstate the original treatment and appearance. The results are a clean, warm and beautiful timber ceiling.

Mulholland Restoration & Decorating embarked on one of the most challenging jobs the company has undertaken.

Now the beauty of the decoration is revealed and is a feature of this surprising ceiling.

The historically important church is also Australia’s busiest church. With six masses every day, and prayer and reflection time between masses, we were able to work with the requirements of the community to achieve a very satisfactory outcome.

The rest of the church painting proceeded at a pace that suited the constant relocating of the community and the priests.

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The Ladye Chapel, located within the church is a most beautiful and sacred place. In 2000 Mulholland Restoration & Decorating was commissioned by the community of the Blessed Sacrament Fathers to restore the chapel paint work. Starting from its original highly decorated scheme, the chapel had undergone a number of changes and abbreviations since it opened in 1858. Over-varnishing and water entry had also had a deleterious effect, and the interior was quite smoke stained. A decision was made to restore the chapel to its full original painted design. Works proceeded to remove all extraneous matter and coatings to regain the ‘lost design’. The walls were consolidated and the repainting works advanced. The finished chapel is now both dignified and breathtaking, and it has been one our greatest privileges to have been a part of the restoration.

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S a c r e d H e a r t C a t h o l i c C h u r ch St Kilda

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n entering this remarkable church the unusual soft colour palette offers a peaceful temple in the midst of a busy bustling city. Reproduced with minor change using light fast colours (no fading), the interior reflects a European style of lavish decoration. By 1988 the interior of Sacred Heart Church had come to a point where substantial works and funding were required to restore the beauty of the building and to preserve the condition from further deterioration. The slate roof had many water entry points through maintenance issues and the consequence of this was evident from the deteriorating plaster and peeling paint around the building.

When it rained water would flow onto the sanctuary floor and if it was heavy rain it would flow down the length of the building and out the front doors. Father Ernie Smith energised the community and formed a committee that took on the job of raising enough funds to restore the church. Mulholland Restoration & Decorating began work in 1988 with exterior preparation of all rendered cement works including the church tower and slate roof repairs. All effort was put into securing and improving the existing conditions. All water leaks were addressed, windows secured, and water seepage through render parapets and deteriorating windows and doors was treated with the most suited and varied modern and technically superior treatments available.

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On the completion of the exterior works, a start was made on the interior. A large barrel vaulted plaster interior with clerestory windows, separate sanctuary and side aisles, remodelled in the 1920s and decorated in the 1940s with a significant stencil scheme, added to the unique style of this church in Australia. The interior had been subjected to extensive plaster ‘shatter’ and drummy sections had been caused by ageing plaster and traffic vibrations. The extensive water entry had also affected the plaster condition. A decision was made to carry out a fibreglass application to consolidate the existing condition and to add a surface strengthening to stabilise the plaster. This technique avoided the removal and replacement of substantial areas of plaster and has avoided the recurrence of cracking. It was necessary to create a stable surface on which the elaborate design and stencilling could be painted, otherwise the plaster cracking would compromise the whole undertaking. An extensive application of fibreglass membrane was undertaken to consolidate the prepared plaster ceiling and walls. This major restoration of the church incorporated a technically superior preparation and base system to achieve a cost efficient and remarkably durable outcome. The works are now over twenty years since completion and remain in excellent condition.

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O u r L a d y o f M o unt C a r me l C a t h o li c C h urch M i d d l e Pa r k

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uilt in the 1920s, this red brick church was in need of repair and restoration to stop water entering through the domes and cracked cement dressings. Colour detailing and scumble treatment created a beautiful contrast to the light and welcoming warm cream colour. This red brick with cement dressings church was in need of substantial repair and restoration to stop water entry through the domes and cracked cement dressings. The exposure of the render to the elements was showing the toll of time. Our remedial procedure incorporated high-pressure removal of debris and cleaning of loose aggregate, prior to the consolidation of the base surface using a cohesive fibreglass and elastomeric membrane coating. We have been using this system for more than 40 years with outstanding results.

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The interior is a large sized single space church with decorative fibrous plaster elements. Our plan with the interior was to embellish the decorated plaster sections and treat all other surfaces in a restrained manner, reflecting the size and simplicity of the design. Wide scale plaster cracking required treatment to consolidate the plaster surface. This was carried out to prevent any further loosening, which would have resulted in significant re-plastering being required at a large cost. The system of consolidation consists of thorough surface preparation and repair prior to the application of specifically designed adhesive paints, into which fibreglass membrane is laid and subsequently sandwiched with more adhesive. By using a specific paint adhesive, the material is able to be coloured and give a film build that buries the membrane to a degree that it cannot be detected. We have used this system of repair for plaster for many years with great success. The pews were also in need of restoration, the marble needed to be cleaned and the artwork preserved to bring this work to conclusion. Even the church hall was included in the project.

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S u r fa c e R e s t o r a t i o n Our Unique Fibreglass Membrane Cement dressings and rendered surfaces on the exterior of buildings will show signs of deterioration after 70 or more years. Mulholland Restoration & Decorating offers a unique solution to this problem that not only saves on costly repairs to rendered and other surfaces but also offers a more effective and durable long term option. The fibreglass membrane is essentially a bandage applied to a surface to give strength and stability. It also provides a waterproof and protective coating that can be matched to a render finish, or any desired texture including smooth. The flexibility and durability of the coating preserves the surface to which it is applied. This fibreglass membrane can be applied to almost any substrate, including both interior and exterior applications, using elasteromeric adhesives that can be coloured to suit. It can also be applied to shaped surfaces. Using the membrane as a plaster repair agent that imparts a surface cohesion, it preserves an aged plaster by allowing minor movement of the substrate without fracture of the fibreglass membrane.

Standard membrane coatings alone will often perforate over cracks, and most are non-breathable. Our fibreglass membrane, specially developed for our purposes, has been refined to suit restoration needs and the product is invisible. We have applied this product over entire buildings both internally and externally. This process meets the requirements of many of the restoration challenges including durability, difficult access and minimising cost. Recent inspection of one project carried out 24 years ago showed the surfaces to be in very good condition half way through its projected durability. We believe our proprietary fibreglass membrane, combined with the adhesive product, is of significant importance in preserving aged surfaces and creating results of prolonged duration. Mulholland Restoration & Decorating has been using this product with great results since 1970.

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ulholland Restor ation & Decorating is a well established family company of painters and decorators. We bring over 60 years of experience, skills and knowledge to each new project. Along with a diverse range of traditional trade skills, the company works with up-to-date materials and concepts to deliver the most decorative, protective and durable results. The many skills, knowledge, and experience of the company is unmatched by any other painting company in Victoria. Ongoing study projects, overseas study programs, and site specific study has allowed the company to continue to offer a surprisingly diverse range of skills and abilities, including:

Each of our restoration projects presents a unique set of requirements and challenges that have required us to research and deliver appropriate and effective solutions. We recognise the need for fully integrated services and have the skills and experience to deliver.

• Restoration and conservation of painted surfaces

With over 60 years of experience our knowledge and expertise is unrivalled. With our unique blend of highly skilled craftsmen, combined with our extensive range of both modern and traditional materials and techniques, we can revitalise and transform any beautiful building and reinstate original finishes.

• Decorative styles and techniques from Egyptian to Eclectic, Victorian, Aesthetic & Art Deco • Heritage painting techniques and Art Wall paper hanging • Trompe l’oeil • Historically accurate sign writing • Special paint manufacturing requirements, colour matching and formulae production

Memberships & registr ations

• High quality hand cut stencils

• Registered member Master Painters Australia

• Investigative work

• Registered Building Practitioner Certificate

• French polishing

• Member of the Artisans’ Guild of Australia

• Fibreglass membrane

• Registered with the Historic Building Council, Victoria • Scaffolding licence • Lead paint abatement certificates Mulholland Restoration & Decorating applies Quality Program AS9002 to our work.

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Key Projects

Churches

Other Projects

• Sacred Heart Church, St. Kilda

• Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton

• St. Joseph’s Church, Collingwood

• National Trust Works

• Corpus Christi Chapel, Carlton

• Communication Room, Eastern Hill Fire Station

• St. Margaret Mary’s Church, East Brunswick

• Board Room, Manchester Unity Building, Melbourne

• St. Mary’s Church, Williamstown

• Regent Theatre, Melbourne

• Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Middle Park

• Various Government Building Works

• St. Bernard’s Church, Coburg

• Holy Trinity Church, Coburg

Many of our projects have won major

• Trinity Presbyterian Church, Camberwell

Architectural Awards.

• St. Michael’s Church, Ashburton • All Saints’ Church, East St. Kilda • St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne • St. Peter and Paul’s Church, South Melbourne • St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Ballarat • St. Francis’ Church, Melbourne • St. Brigid’s Church, Gisborne • Hawthorn Presbyterian Church • Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Kyneton • St. Alipius’ Church, Ballarat • Ukrainian Cathedral, North Melbourne • Loyola Chapel, Greensborough

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M

ulholland

Restoration

&

Decorating is privileged to

have been given the opportunity to revitalise more than 35 major church interiors and other key public

buildings.

We

bring

our

experience, skills and knowledge to each new project.

CHURCH RESTORATION & DECORATING

Mulholland Restoration & Decorating | email: contact@mulholland.com.au | www.mulholland.com.au

Mulholland Restoration & Decorating  

Specialising in the restoration and decoration of churches in Victoria, Australia. Retoration of of artwork, period paint finishes, timber...

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