This prestigious project was completed with +VG Architects in conjunction with Trevor Gillingwater (masonry conservator) and Capital Conservation Services. It involved the inspection of the Ontario coat of arms stone carving above the Wellesley entrance on the north side of the north wing including stone cleaning, crack repairs, pin & fills, repointing and mortar patches.
The front façade of Blessed Sacrament Church at Yonge & Lawrence was scaffolded in order for repairs to be completed to the stone tracery, which included the use of repair mortars and the surrounding areas which required repointing. Cleaning of the masonry and tracery was also done. Due to the condition of the stained glass and protective glazing, there was water damage on the interior so interior plaster repairs and painting was completed after the exterior masonry restoration and stained glass restoration was complete.
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.
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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