With many thanks to Simon Wheeler, we have posted a short video of the casting of the Cathedral bells at the Paccard Bell Foundry in Annecy France. Make sure you have your sound on! Click the link below to see the video on YouTube. Bell casting in Annecy
Construction of a new roof at the 121-year old heritage building Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver has been delayed due to the discovery, during roof demolition, of dust contaminated with higher than acceptable levels of lead. Found in the 7th of the 9 layers of the roof, a layer designed for ventilation, the most likely source […]
It is still early days, but the cleaning up of lead dust and contaminated timbers on the roof is going a touch more quickly than first anticipated. Our consultants have met with the City regarding re-occupancy of the building, and the news is positive. The City will process a sign off of the building permit […]
Fundraising for Raise the Roof, Ring the Bells, Feed the Hungry has been a great success over the summer. Since moving out of the Cathedral to our pilgrimage locations in late April, we have raised over $550,000, bringing the project to 81% funded (Fig 1 below).
Check out the photos of the lead remediation that was referenced in the last post. The workers are almost finished applying the sticky paper to the entire ceiling.
The roof project has been complicated by uncertainty about what we would find when the roofers peeled off the previous layers of roofing. Now those mysteries have been solved. From top surface of the old roof going down, we found: The previous roof tiles with a layer of felt underneath. Both contained asbestos so the […]
Check out the recent article Under the Tarps on the Dioceses of New Westminster webpage. Fantastic photos and a great explanation of the construction behind the scaffold.
The dywidag anchor rods are in place! And the drilled anchors and wall underpinnings in the downstairs entry vestibule too. We are on the other side of the riskiest, dirtiest part of re-roofing the Cathedral. Already at this stage, the Cathedral is more earthquake resistant that it was when we last walked out of it […]
To all those following progress on the re-roofing, kitchen and bell spire, yes, we are seriously behind schedule. Problems with the initial and then the replacement scaffold contractor put us about 11 weeks behind. The gantry crane, necessary to move materials over and around the roof, has proven a new challenge for local scaffolders. Scaffold […]
Raise the Roof, Ring the Bells, Feed the Hungry reached a new milestone this week. The Cathedral recently received a $100,000 gift that pushed the total raised to over $6 million. Thank you to everyone who has pledged and given to the campaign, we could not have done it without each of the 400+ gifts […]