The Guildford Hotel, built in 1883, is a well loved landmark. In September 2008 the beautiful building went up in flames. The exterior of the building remained. A ridiculously long and arduous process of negotiation between councils and owner saw the poor building remain in a state of limbo for year after year. Delays were endless as decisions about compliance to laws regarding car bays (obviously not in place when the building was first built) caused costly delay after delay.
In June 2015 a controversial decision to allow units to be built at the rear of the site allowed a viable way forward for the hotel's restoration. Restoration began in earnest and on the 27th of February the Belvedere was hoisted upon the roof.
We were heading our to buy some groceries when on a whim we decided to go and watch the pretty princess tower returned to her roof top.
As we arrived on the scene the bell shaped tower was already a foot in the air.
Spectators were in abundance on both street corners to observe the raising of the tower.
It was at this point that hubby decided he was hungry and we should go and grab some snacks for the event, he was insistent that although the tower was off the ground that the winds were too fierce and it would take ages for the lifting of the tower to proceed.
Camera crews were on the scene to capture the historic moment that bureaucracy had nearly stopped from ever happening.
Drones were used to capture aerial shots of the event.
Brave workmen putting life and limb at risk should something go wrong ensured the smooth final positioning of our beloved tower. You can just see his orange shirt in the corner next to the railing as he stuck his head under the tower to see everything going well inside.
The success of the final placement was radioed to the ground crew and the whole street burst into applause.
Had I known when we left the house that we were heading out to see such a historic moment I would have taken my DSLR. Instead I had to make do with a nearly flat phone with a screen I could barely see in the glare of full sun.