Como Avenue Gates Restoration, Como
Restoration of the Como Avenue entry gates at Como was undertaken in 2018 funded by the 2017 Annual Appeal. Wrought Iron Renovators were engaged to undertake the project to restore the iron gates, fence, fence base and the two accompanying lamps. The work included stabilisation of a section of the bluestone base to the fence, recasting and replacement of missing ironwork elements to the fence and gates and reconstruction of the damaged lamp post. All of the ironwork was blasted to remove all corrosion, followed by the application of fish oil and primer as a rust inhibitor and repainting of all iron elements in a deep green.
The deep green colour reflects the Federation period when the gates were relocated from Toorak Road to their current position in Como Avenue in 1911. This is the earliest top coat colour found during a paint investigation undertaken on the fence, gates and lamp posts by Donald Ellsmore, architectural finishes specialist, at the end of 2017.