WUNDERLICH

CEILINGS

A FEW TESTIMONIES TO THEIR ACOUSTIC PROPERTIES

WITH THE COMPLIMENTS OF

WUNDERLICH LIMITED


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FOREWORD


IOME homes seem to have a charm that almost amounts to a personality. You enter and instantly feel at your ease. Nothing is out of place—nothing jars. Just a quiet atmosphere of comfort and beauty that is completely satisfying. It is this sort of personal, distinctive note that is struck by Wunderlich Ceilings. They are artistic, restful, dignified.

They produce an effect which is noticed, though they themselves remain subdued and unobtrusive. And they are durable—more so than any other material you can purchase. Their beauty has been fitted to the actual uses of the day—their charm is matched by their utility and economy.

The effectiveness in public halls is equally main' tained in the music salons, drawing rooms, and reception apartments of the private home. They help most materially in the success of social functions, in addition to enhancing the sound greatly, of entertainments provided for the guests.

In publishing this brochure we have picked out a few opinions received from prominent singers, public speakers, and business men, testifying to the advantages of Wunderlich Ceilings from an acoustic standpoint.

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c/o Hood’s. Liverpool Street. Hohart.

July 5th. 1915.

Dear Sirs,

1 am pleased to be able to report that the acoustic property of the new City Hall is, in my opinion, perfect, both from a performer’s and an audience’s point of view. I was able to hear the softest passages of the performer from the extreme part of the Hall.

The building is devoid of echo, and can be compared favourably for sound with the best Halls on the mainland.

Yours faithfully.

(Sgd.) JAS. GLANVILLE BISHOP.

Musical Conductor.

WELLINGTON TOWN HALL.

I am pleased indeed that the acoustic properties of the hall have been found not only as good as they ought to be, but as good as we could wish to have.

THE MAYOR.

(At the opening of the Hall.)

Cressy, Tasmania.

Dear Sir,

The steel work I think is a great success. Indeed. I can conceive of no other way of treating as satisfactorily walls in the condition in which ours unfortunately were. Your foreman and workman deserve every credit for the pains they took in making the work a credit to themselves and their employers.

The Bishop, Archdeacon, and other clergy have all expressed themselves as pleased with this singular and unique method of dealing with unsatisfactory and moving plaster.

I remain, yours truly,

(Sgd.) (Canon) HERBERT R. FINNIS.

Dear Sirs,

Palace Theatre.

Sydney, July 22nd, 1902.


Referring to your enquiry as to the acoustic qualities of your Patent Metal Ceilings, I have much pleasure in stating that I have used your metals throughout the interior of the Palace Theatre, and have never found any objection to them on account of excessive resonance, echo, or other quality detrimental to their acoustic properties. The results have been excellent.

I remain,

Yours faithfully,

GEORGE ADAMS.

1 think it charming in every way.

It was built for Opera—one's quietest tones seem to carry to all parts of the house.

I should think the most delicate work would make its full effect here.

Acoustically the place is perfection itself.

MANAGER, Palace Theatre. Sydney.

Canterbury Agricultural and Industrial Ifall Co., Ltd.,

Christchurch, N.Z.,

February 20th, 1903.

1 am very pleased with the Canterbury Hall, Christchurch, and rind it very easy to sing in.

NELLIE MELBA.

Christchurch,

November 25th, 1903.

Dear Sir,

Before leaving Christchurch 1 want you to know how much I have enjoyed singing in this glorious Hall. Its acoustic properties are simply perfect, and it is one of the easiest places 1 have ever sung in.

Believe me, very truly yours.

ADA CROSSLEY.

Auckland.

Dear Sir,

I have been asked to state my opinion with regard to the acoustic properties of the Canterbury Hall, and 1 gladly do so. The building 1 found everything that 1 should desire for the purposes of public lectures, or for a United Mission, such as 1 was holding in Christchurch.

1 am glad to be able to give you my unqualified recommendation.

Yours faithfully,

(Sgd.) H. GRATTAN GUINNESS.

2Gth September, 1902.

Dear Sir,

Let me say that the Canterbury Hall is one of the very best to speak in that I have ever known.

1 found that 1 could speak in it with the greatest ease, and be heard in every part of it, and far out into the corridors. There was no strain on the voice, in buildings you have to study for some time to find out just what the defects are, but in the Canterbury Hall I had no difficulty from the very first. Speaking three or four times a day in a large auditorium is generally a heavy strain on a man’s voice, but 1 found no difficulty whatever in vour Hall.

Sincerely yours,

(Signed) R. A. TORREY.

(The well-known evangelist.)

“Hobart Mercury,” June 29th, 1915.

THE CITY HALL.

The Hall has been tested as to its suitability for concert purposes, with the most satisfactory results, and it is noticeable that the objectionable echo so often found in large buildings is entirely absent.

Mayor’s Room, Town Hall, Hobart,

3rd July, 1915.

Hear Sirs,

Yours to hand this day. 1 may state 1 was very pleased with the acoustics of the new City Hall at the opening function. 1 was sitting at the end of the Hall, and could hear distinctly the artists who sang and those who spoke.

Yours faithfully,

fSgd.) W. M. WILLIAMS,

Mayor.

Mr. WILLIAM A. ROBYNS, the well-known Basso, and a world-travelled singer, says:

“For complete and perfect acoustics, give me a room or hall fitted with Wunderlich Ceilings to sing in.

"The timbre of the voice is brightened, and the resonance strengthened, by the properties of these excellent materials.”

Moore Street, Sydney,

July 21st, 1902.

Gentlemen,

Referring to your enquiry as to the acoustic qualities of your Latent Metal Ceilings, we have much pleasure in bearing testimony to the fact that, after an experience of upwards of twelve years, during which we have used them in buildings of nearly every kind, including numerous banks, both large and small, we have never found any objection to them on account of excessive resonance, echo, or other quality detrimental to their acoustic properties. They have in every case, without exception, given us complete satisfaction.

Yours faithfully,

MANSFIELD & SON,

Architects.

Adelaide, September 23rd, 1915.

Dear Sirs,

There can be no doubt as to the excellent acoustic properties possessed by Wunderlich Ceilings. For Drawing Rooms and Reception Halls they are invaluable from a singer’s point of view. This I can speak of from my personal experience.

Yours sincerely,

(Signed) MURIEL CHEEK.

Adelaide, 20th September, 1915.

Gentlemen,

Permit me to express, on behalf of my board and self, our hearty appreciation of the excellent result obtained by the employment of your product in the decoration scheme of the Tivoli Theatre erected by us in Grote Street. It has given to the dress circle a highly finished and artistic appearance, and its general use in ceiling and walls has been similarly effective. 1 may mention, also, that the acoustic properties have in no way been adversely affected by its use, but, if anything, appear to have been enhanced.

The same happy effects have followed its employment in our Broken Hill theatres, and also at my private residence at Glen Osmond.

On behalf of my board, allow me to wish your firm a continuance of the successful achievement which has been so evident in your transactions with us.

Faithfully yours,

BERT SAYERS.

(Chairman of Directors, Sayers & Lennon, Ltd.)

c/o Findlay’s, Hobart.


Dear Sir,

I consider the acoustics of the new City Hall very good. It is easy to make oneself heard in body of hall and back of gallery without the slightest effort. Yours sincerely,

(Sgd.) JOSIE MILES.

Hobart. July 5th, 1915.

Dear Sirs,

I have not the slightest hesitation in saying that, in my opinion, it is the finest hall in Tasmania for its acoustic properties. The architects were certainly right in forming the ceiling on the dome principle, enhanced in appearance and acoustics by the Wunderlich Steel Ceiling.—I am,

Yours faithfully,

(Signed) H. W. PATON (A well-known and popular concert artist).

Hobart, July 13th, 1915.

Dear Sirs,

Regarding the acoustic properties of your Wunderlich Ceilings, erected at the new City Hall, Hobart, as per our instructions, we are pleased to state that in every respect they are excellent, and we are quite satisfied with them.

Yours faithfully,

(Sgd.) RAY N. BUTLER.

For Ricards and Heyward and Ray N. Butler,

Joint Architects.

Sydney, 22nd July. 1902.

Dear Sirs,

Referring to your enquiry as to the acoustic qualities of your Patent Metal Ceilings, I have much pleasure in stating that I have used your Metals throughout the interior of the Theatre Royal, and have never found any objection to them on account of excessive resonance, echo, or other quality detrimental to their acoustic properties. The results have been excellent.—T remain,

Yours faithfully,

C. RAMICIOTTI,

Proprietor, Theatre Royal.

Sydney, 22nd July, 1902.

Gentlemen,

In reply to yours of the 21st inst.. asking for my opinion as to the acoustic properties of Metal Ceilings in the light of my experience as architect in connection with the following works executed by you under my direction:—

Sydney Wool Exchange. Sales Room;

Auction Room. Royal Exchange;

Dining Room, Aaron’s Exchange Hotel;

I have much pleasure in stating that the whole of these ceilings have, from an acoustic point of view, been most satisfactory; especially is this the case in connection with the Wool Sales Room, the success of which depends chiefly upon the perfection of its acoustic qualities, and my adoption of a metal ceiling for this room was only decided upon after due consideration of all available materials, and the result obtained in this—the largest Wool Exchange out of London—has fully justified my decision.—I remain.

Yours faithfully,

ARTHUR F. PRITCHARD.

163 Sturt Street, Adelaide,

September 22nd, 1915.

Sirs,

It gives me a vast amount of pleasure to testify to the splendid acoustic properties of Wunderlich. I have sung in most of the concert halls of Australia, and at all times feel perfectly satisfied when I find they are fitted with Wunderlich, as, acoustically, they are then generally as near perfect as it is possible to get them, both for artist and auditor.

Faithfully yours,

(Signed) ALEXANDER COOPER.