Appin Inn is no longer an eyesore.
Restoration works have breathed new life into the once dilapidated heritage building in Appin.
Work has steadily progressed over the past 12 months and stage one is nearly complete.
Walker Corporation committed to renovating the rundown inn at an estimated cost of $1.2 million as a sign of goodwill to Appin residents.
The developer has a rezoning application for Macquaridale Road before council which if approved, will make way for about 215 houses.
Walker Corporation has carried out the initial archaeological investigation and extensive restoration to the exterior of the main building.
Walker’s executive planner Gerry Beasley said the aim of the project was to restore the historical building to its former glory.
“Where possible, the windows, doors, and walls including the brick and sandstone façade have been repaired and restored,” he said.
“When restoration was not possible, elements of the inn had to be replaced.
“For example, the old roof structure and sheeting was unsafe and unable to protect the interior from the outside elements.
“The existing rear stone wall of the main building was also structurally unsound, so it had to be demolished and rebuilt.”
Further archaeological investigations will start in March. Restoration to the main building’s interior has started. Refurbishment of the old external kitchen and out buildings will hopefully begin in mid-2018.
Appin Inn was opened in 1827 by William Sykes. He operated the inn — later called the Union Revived Inn — until 1833. The building was converted into the Carrollan Guest House and later became a private residence.