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Restoration

 

The Farmers' Bank of Rustico and the Doucet House have both undergone extensive research and heritage restoration. The Farmers' Bank building with its sandstone and slate roof construction had reached a point where it required a great deal of work to make the building safe for use and to save it from demolition. The relocation and the restoration of the Doucet House to its original condition both saved the house from demolition and removed the evidence of years of alterations and additions to the building.

In this section, we explore both of these major restoration projects and share with you some of the lessons and challenges we experienced.

Heritage Restoration

The restoration of an historic building is a process of renewal and refurbishment of the fabric of a building. This process can be used to accurately reveal, recover or represent the state of a historic building, as it appeared at a particular period in its history, while protecting its heritage value. Restoration work is often performed to reverse decay, or alterations made to the building after its initial construction.

In addition to accurately restoring the building to its former state, heritage restoration can involve such things as the replacement of outdated heating and cooling systems with newer ones, or the installation of climate controls that never existed at the time the building was originally constructed.

The scope of restoration depends upon the need, and other circumstances, such as the status of the building, and the affordability of the work required.

There are three main types of restoration:

Building cleaning - most especially cleaning the external facade of a building, and typically needed in cities that have suffered from smoke pollution. Many granite, sandstone, and limestone buildings have for most of their existence been black in colour owing to smoke and smog. Many, in turn, have been cleaned after air pollution legislation diminished the incidence of airborne particulate matter.

Major repair - especially to stonework affected by acid rain and other pollutants, and which has weathered or decayed to a structurally unsound or aesthetically displeasing condition.

Rebuilding - to replace severely damaged or missing parts of a building. Here, in all cases, a balance is to be struck between recreation of the original building using materials and techniques similar to the original construction and the use of more modern techniques and materials.

To learn more about the restoration of the Farmers' Bank and the Doucet House, please click on the left hand menu.

Bank´s outside sandstone wall before restoration.

Degrading sandstone wall construction of Farmers' Bank before restoration. 1996. Carter Jeffrey Collection.

Restored sandstone outside wall of bank.

Sandstone wall of Farmers' Bank after restoration. 2006. Barry King.

Doucet House waiting for restoration with strapping to reinforce the walls.

Doucet House before restoration after being moved to site. 2003. Carter Jeffrey Collection.

Side view of restored Doucet House

Doucet House after restoration. 2006. Carter Jeffrey Collection.

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