WIT Press


KNOX METROPOLITAN CHURCH BELL TOWER RESTORATION PROJECT

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/STR170061

Volume

171

Pages

10

Page Range

65 - 74

Published

2017

Author(s)

JUNE BOTKIN

Abstract

The purpose of this conservation project was to perform masonry repairs including selective repointing, stone repairs and masonry cleaning, to the upper 50 feet of the bell tower. The erection of engineered scaffolding was required to reach the designated work area allowing for a safe, comfortable working environment. Many of the mortar joints on the North and East faces of the tower had lost most of the front point mortar. This exposed the condition of the interior of the wall cavity indicating that the bricks had not been properly bedded. The project ended up including the discovery of some of the impacts of the tornado from June 30, 1912 and the rebuilding of the church after this catastrophic event. These details were photo-documented prior to the commencement of any conservation work.

Keywords

church, bell tower, Regina, tornado, mortar, Indianan Limestone, hydrated lime, King Mortar