Thursday, 21 July 2011

The Courtyard

The courtyard at Murray Premises has always been such an important part of the look and feel of the building.  It's that central area where people congregate in the summer, sitting on picnic tables in the sun, enjoying their lunch, meeting friends.  Once you step down off of Water Street you find yourself surrounded on each side by the hotel and restaurants in this secluded little spot which is sheltered and somehow private.  Today, it's taking another step. 

The Gypsy Tea Room is working feverishly and very soon they will have created an outdoor oasis.  Nestled in the courtyard they will soon be offering outdoor bar and meal service.  I'm betting that it doesn't take you long to imagine yourself there on a warm summer night. 

All the construction did get me thinking though.  What did the courtyard look like before?  Could I put together a before and after?  I have something that I think is pretty interesting.  How about 1970, 2000 & 2011?
1970's prior to renovation

Around 2000
And doesn't look great but wait until you see what it's going to look like.  We can't wait. 

Within days, maybe even hours, the courtyard will be finished and it is going to be spectacular.  Keep checking back.  As soon as it's done, I'll post a new picture!!!

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