Above is PART TWO showing the completion of us restoring this 94 year old gateway post at Woodlawn Cemetery in Saskatoon, SK. Click here for PART ONE. In the winter of 2016, the left post was involved in an accident knocking it completely over. Each single block of Tyndall weighs around 450 pounds, so one can only imagine the force it took to bring the whole post down.
Originally constructed in 1923, this is the gateway to the "Next of Kin Memorial Avenue" and the only "Road of Remembrance" in North America. As you look down the Avenue, you will see plaques in front of the trees. Each plaque will have a soldier's name on it dedicating the tree to a soldier from their relative or friend. The post on the right is a memorial for Idella Lyde (1901 - 1921), Margaret Isabella (1904 - 1905), and Florence Marguerite (1895 - 1903) - the daughters of Margaret Irvine and Albert Herman Hanson.
So to say the very least, we were extremely grateful when asked to be a part of restoring this gateway to such history in Saskatoon, in honor of our soldiers.
Rocco Masons was honored when asked to repair and reconstruct this 94 year old post for the gate at Woodlawn Cemetery in preparation for Saskatoon's annual Decoration Day parade and service this June.
Our Stone Carver & Masonry Designer, Ryan Watson is seen here meticulously hand fabricating each pieces of Tyndall stone to perfection! We replaced the damaged stones, and built the post back up again, one 200 pound piece at a time.
Stay tuned for PART TWO featuring this post being capped off to completion and check out our other videos here: ROCCO'S YOUTUBE CHANNEL
For more on the Decoration parade and service we invite you to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 306-477-6774.
In the summer of 2015, we were honored when Strata Developments asked us to participate in the restoration of this landmark on Saskatchewan Crescent West, a home built in 1910 for Mayor William Hopkins. Since our company specializes in Heritage Restoration and natural stone fabrication, we were definitely in our element and ready to dive right in. So when we learned that this project would be featured this winter in Saskatoon's HOME magazine, we were absolutely delighted. Thanks go out to the lovely Publisher, Amanda Soulodre for recognizing such a historical landmark in Saskatoon, and for telling its story so well.
ROCCO MASONS scope of work included replacing the homes disintegrating concrete stair treads with limestone, each tread weighing in at 650 pounds. We tore down the two brick posts at either side of the staircase, cleaned each brick piece by piece (as pictured above) before re-using them to return the posts to their original state. Once the posts were rebuilt, we capped off each post with 1900 pound limestone caps. We were very pleased when the home owner decided to use our recommendation of limestone for the bases of the homes ionic columns to replace the homes original wooden ones. Next, we laid limestone flooring throughout the patio which starts at the front entrance and wraps around to the back of the home.
For the HOME magazines full story CLICK HERE and stay tuned for more exciting projects to come.
Last year we had the pleasure of working on Saskatoon's Historical Hopkins Residence as pictured above. We installed new limestone stair treads each weighing close to 650 pounds. We also tore down, cleaned, and restored the brick posts at either side of the stairs, then finished them off with 1900 pound limestone caps. The homeowner chose to also use limestone column bases to replace the homes original wooden bases. From there, our crew laid limestone flooring throughout the homes patio which starts at the front entrance which wraps around to the back of the home. For more information on the history of this residence check out last summer's blog: HOPKINS HOUSE