The entire front facade of the school including the chapel was restored which included 100% repointing, 100% stone cleaning and restoration of 87 metal / leaded windows. Quintek stone cleaning equipment was used for the stone cleaning; heritage lime mortar was used for the mortar joints, and DJM worked with Eve Guinan Design on the restoration of the leaded windows while DJM restored the metal windows and glazed them.
Phase 1 – Structural enhancement of the roof was a challenging project as limited access required the maneuvering of steel members by hand through narrow openings prior to placement within the roof space. Temporary facilities were set up in advance to carry out the work in a safe manner. Phase 2 – Interior renovation. The mandate was to keep the Church functioning during the renovations and DJM worked closely with Church personnel to ensure that the daily activities of the Church were not compromised. At the end of each week an area was prepared for Sunday services. All furnishings including lighting systems and the organ were removed and a complete scaffold system was erected to facilitate the work. The project consisted of extending the altar to allow for multi-functional use, new wood patterned floors replaced carpet and painting of the walls and ceilings enhanced a previously dull and dark space. Faux finishes were used throughout to replicate stone and marble. A new lighting system introduced with multiple effects that could be set to suit the occasion. A large stained glass window behind the altar was restored as well. * D.J. McRae Contracting was awarded Project of the Year by the Toronto Construction Association for this project.
Metal window repairs were completed on dozens of windows throughout the school. The windows also required lead rebuilds, glass replacements and insitu repairs. The metal windows were all stripped, repainted and received new putty. Other projects at the school have included chimney repointing, and interior brick masonry cleaning.
DJM was contracted by the Ontario Heritage Trust to restore the wood garage doors and wood windows and also retrofit the garage into public bathrooms for visitors to the property. The Ashbridge family was one of the founding families of Toronto (formerly York); they immigrated to York from Pennsylvania in 1793. They are also the only Toronto family to occupy their land continuously for 200 years.
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