Historic Building Restoration


Our blog of current work is updated regularly (see below). For a more frequent set of postings, our instagram account is active as well..

After stripping multiple layers of paint and varnish, we are now getting to the glazing part of the job. Leaded windows are carefully disassembled, broken pieces removed, glass cut, new H channel and solder + mastic putty applied. The doors are also stripped and glass removed. They will receive wood repairs and prepped for stain. Black cherry oil stain is used here for the interior and a light shade of green for the exterior. These windows and doors will look great! . . #heritagewindows #stainedglass #doorrestoration #theselby

Trying to sneak up on the guys while they work away. Good times 😁.
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62-64 Charles Street National Award of Excellence - Materials, Craftsmanship and Construction - CAHP

62 – 64 Charles Street was designated under Part IV, Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act in 2014. It is located on the north side of Charles Street East, west of Church Street. The Thomas Smith and Arthur Coleman Houses (completed 1885) are 2½-storey semi-detached buildings. The properties were listed on the City of Toronto Inventory of Heritage Properties in 1974. The buildings are Victorian-era examples of late 19th century semi-detached residences with Second Empire features. The houses are distinguished by the surviving contrasting buff brick detailing on the red brick surfaces. They stand as significant reminders of the elegant architecture introduced to the Church Street neighbourhood as it developed in the 19th century.

As heritage consultants ERA strived to protect the value, significance and integrity of the heritage assets. The scope of conservation work required the full retention and rehabilitation of the buildings, except for the rear one-storey addition, which has been demolished and included the rarely-seen process of tuckpointing for which awrad-winning Tuckpointer Antoni Pijaca (from Melbourne, Australia and recognised as one of only 100 experts in his field) was hired to rehabilitate the masonry and share the secrets of his trade.

Here are some great picks of the stonework around the windows and doors.  The amazing traditional tuckpointing is unfolding as well.  All this work is by our solid team of skilled craftsman.  Thanks for all your hard work guys.

We really enjoy working with the original woodwork of this house.  The Hunt Heritage team will put some love back into these gables and dormers.  The interior pocket shudders and trim will be ready for stain shortly.  

So pleased to have recieved the Award of Excellence for Craftsmanship and Construction at the CAHP Awards this past weekend.  ERA Architects (Daniel Lewis) @danlewisuk and our team share this for the great work we did on 62 Charles Street, Toronto.  Thank you to ERA, Roger Vaughan (carpentry), Martin from Kagter (slate/copper), Ridley windows and @tuckpointer for all his guidance with Jason and crew (tuckpointing). This award is for all of us - congrats… To be cont.

Photos from the recently completed Joseph Bloore commemoration plaque.  

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