Scaffold is down and the Taverna building's Masonry facade is a wrap ahead of schedule! This project was by far one of our most exciting projects to date since we had the opportunity to work with Owners of Taverna who hold the same passion and love for historical architecture as we do. Having Strata on board leading the way was also a bonus since their companies core values are much like our own.
Our scope of work included; A brick and Limestone combination on the exterior. Many gorgeous limestone details including numerous stone moldings, dentils, rock faced pilaster bases and to top it all off hand carved 'AGORA'/THYRSUS building signage and hand carved date stone to pay homage to the year the building was originally built. The interior includes a brick accent wall to greet customers as they enter the restaurant.
Ryan Watson was born in 1976, was raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and is proud of his prairie roots. He's a natural born artist in a trade that dates back to the beginning of civilization and uses the most modern tools to promote one of the oldest trades. Watson received a Diploma in Heritage and Traditional Masonry as well as Heritage Restoration, both from Ontario. From there he formed a Masonry company specializing in hand carved stone and restoration. In 2010 his company received a Heritage Award in Saskatoon for the hand carved entryways and Masonry work on the King George Hotel restoration project and continues to run a crew today.
Watson's gift in the art of hand carved stone has been proven time and time again with carving projects in Chicago, Philadelphia, South Carolina and all over Canada. With over 16 years of experience in the trade, Watson continues his dedication to the art by providing his commercial and residential clients with inspiration and an end-product unlike any other. He's keeping history alive by playing a key creative role in designing timeless stone facades on homes and buildings both inside and out. His extensive knowledge and artistic talent in old world craftsmanship offers his clients a unique Masonry Design each and every time. Want Reviews? Go to our REVIEWS page!
For more on this project and about our stone carver visit our website blog HERE.
Nicolene Watson - Director of Media
Nicolene Watson, Co-Owner of Rocco Masons since 2013. "Nicolene is the brains behind the scenes at Rocco Masons. She naturally knows how to run a business. When she wants something there's no stopping her", says Ryan Watson, Nicolene's husband and the companies Founder & President. Since 2013 Nicolene manages the office and directs all aspects of the business including Accounts Payable/Receivable, Human Resources, Web Design, Marketing, Advertising and Social Media. "I finally found my dream career at fourty that fits me like a glove"!