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Roger is doing a great job at replicating the old porch.  62 Charles Street … Almost complete.

The Selby Hotel is up and running.

Here are some recent photos of our tuckpointing and window installation… More to come shortly

The William Whitehead House has moved.  It is now closer to Sherbourne Street on Howard.  The house weighed 380 tonnes and was quite an impressive production to get it down the street.

The house was built in 1887 and is a great example of a bay and gable house style commonly found in Toronto later 19th century.  Last used as a rooming house, Lanterr Developments, ERA Architects and Hunt Heritage have big plans to make this gem shine again.  Lots of work, but quite a reveal when completed.

We will be completing masonry cleaning, repointing/tuckpointing, slate and copper restoration, Stone work and terra cotta repairs.  Ridley windows will be installing new windows.

The historic Selby Hotel on Sherbourne has since been moved 50 meters to its final place at the corner of Sherbourne and Selby Street.

This Victorian mansion was designed by architect David Roberts and built in 1882 for the founder of the Gooderham and Worts Distillery.  It was converted to a private girls school in 1910, then became the famed Selby Hotel in 1915.  Ernest Hemingway lived here in the 1920′s while working as a foreign correspondent for the Toronto Star.  It is rumoured that Hemingway penned part of A Farewell to Arms while he lived here.  

We are thrilled to be working with ERA Architects and Tricom/Deltera to fully restore the exterior and interior 1st floor.  This project is now underway!

Tuckpointing in Toronto

In the late 1800’s Toronto it was common to colour wash and tuckpoint homes and buildings as a cosmetic solution to imitate gauged brickwork found in England.  During this time it was fashionable to “paint” on a red (permeable} colour wash to cover the orange brick made in Toronto.  After the wall was red, the masons then applied a red stopping mortar to create an illusion of a solid red wall.  While the mortar was curing, the mason then “tucked” a white or black lime putty ribbon ranging from 4-6mm onto a line that was scribed into the mortar.  This white line, called a tuck, was very measured and accurate giving the impression that the building was built with very tight joints.  Tuckpointing allowed the masons to build with speed and with tuckpointing they would trick the eye into thinking the work was built with precision.  

Antoni Pijaca is a professional tuckpointer from Melbourne, Australia.  He as been honing his craft full time for 29 years and is considered one of the best in the world.  Antoni is bringing his skill set to Toronto to provide a workshop and training while working with Hunt Heritage Masonry and ERA Architects.  We are pleased to have him share his knowledge that he has gained while working on homes, churches, schools and institutions.  Antoni uses traditional English tuckpointing materials like lime mortar, lime putty, a straightedge, tuck irons and frenchman (ribbon knives).  

Our friends from Venosa Painting - Joey and Jordon are stripping and restoring the doors.  Roger from our carpentry crew completes all the dutchman repairs.

Here are some wood restoration photos.  We are currently rebuilding all the decorative porch detailing.  All work is completed by our team and in the carpentry shop onsite.  These guys are skilled and passionate about their work.

The final shot of the dormer complete up against the green and charcoal slate looks amazing.  The lead coated copper details frame it all in (big thank you to Martin and his crew).

We are about ¾ the way complete on our Charles Street job in conjunction with ERA Architects.  We are pleased with the results.  The above posts are meant to show our progress.

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