2 Queen project pivots from restoration to re-creation
2 Queen project pivots from restoration to re-creation - constructconnect.com - Daily Commercial NewsWhen revitalizing 2 Queen, the intent was to salvage as much of the existing building as possible, but wear-and-tear over the last 126 years required the team to pivot from restoration to re-creation. Owner Cadillac Fairview (CF) approached constructioncanada.constructconnect.com
Honestly a pretty interesting article that details how intricate this project is. Just want to pull out the bits about recreating the building and historical accuracy; really seems like they're putting in the effort:
The locations that were so badly damaged through water or whatever other renovations that happened over the years, we were able to find very similar limestone and will be carving matching the lettering on both locations.”
Brick size and mortar joint thicknesses were replicated along with the wood window frame profiles, limestone sills and intricate cornice mouldings.
“We had a brick yard re-create the brick with the colour and we even went down to the minute detail of the thickness of the mortar joints. Our restoration contractor Clifford Masonry spent a few months on the scaffold system, painstakingly hand measuring and sketching brick by brick, window frame by window frame, just so they could get a really accurate account of what was there so it could be recreated with as much diligence as possible.”