The parquetry flooring world is diverse but in historical terms has some significant floors that must be preserved as they are a record of how people used to live, and the important aspirations of the public was somewhat based on large public buildings build by the government at the time.
The Mitchell reading room:
The State library is one of the important buildings in Sydney’s history and I have been able to compile images of the parquetry floor though time. as you will see, it is critically important to view wood flooring, in this case parquetry, as a significant item to be preserved at all costs.
In the early days, parquetry was milled with a tongue and groove, and installed in a herringbone pattern, with a border, as you can see in this image if you examine it closely. The image below is from 1912.
If you examine this image, you will see the floor seems raw. That is because it likely is, or has been waxed or oiled with linseed oil. There are marks, gaps and footprints. This is normal./
The next image you can see the polishing technology has improved somewhat, with a patina, or sheen developing, 1923
In the next image, again the patina and development of the maintenance is developing. This is 1946.
This next image is taken in 2018. The heritage floor has been thrown into landfill and replaced with a contemporary take on the parquetry floor.
Unfortunately as you can see this is not correct to the historical significance of the floor, and if replaced, should have been required to be milled in the Imperial sizing, in a tongue and groove herringbone, installed with the heritage craftsmen in mind and left raw to develop a patina naturally by washing and buffing.