Home

A Special Thank You…

Leave a comment

 

 

 

Suzi Fraser addresses the crowd at one of the Chester Trust annual fundraisers for the Lightfoot Tower restoration project. (photo: chesterns.ca)

Suzi Fraser addresses the crowd at one of the Chester Trust annual fundraisers for the Lightfoot Tower restoration project. (photo: chesterns.ca)

 

Bartender...just one of many jobs, such as fundraiser and project manager, that Suzi took on in her quest to restore the Lightfoot Tower. (photo: Amy Murphy)

Bartender…just one of many jobs, such as fundraiser and project manager, that Suzi took on in her quest to restore the Lightfoot Tower. (photo: Amy Murphy)

Now that the Lightfoot Tower restoration is complete (and almost paid for), as Librarian/Custodian of the Zoé Vallé Memorial Library I would like to say a few words in appreciation of the work done by the Chester Trust and Suzi Fraser.

The Library, which means the Committee of Trustees and the Zoé Vallé Lightfoot Endowment Fund, has never had the resources necessary to maintain the Lightfoot Tower and it remained as a deteriorating structure for decades. Nonetheless, the Tower has always been a landmark and many people have fond memories of it from growing up in the village. One of those people was Suzi Fraser.

When the Tower was starting to deteriorate, years after the restoration by the Chester Municipal Heritage Society in 1985, the Chester Trust was approached about helping to repair the Tower and keep it from being lost to the community. In 2006, the scope of the project consisted of replacing the rotting staircase. Suzi, as Chair of the Chester Trust, made a commitment and steadfastly remained at the helm through the entire fundraising and restoration.

But it wasn’t just the staircase, the rot was everywhere and getting worse even as funds were being raised year after year. There were engineering plans to be dealt with, changes in building regulations that increased costs, issues of sustainability and long-term maintenance that had to be balanced against the heritage character and designation of the site. The restored Tower stands here today as a result of Suzi’s dedication, determination and leadership. A big thank you to her and all those who helped her make the restoration a reality.

Glen MacLeod

Advertisements

Tower Restoration Complete!

Leave a comment

 

The restoration of the Lightfoot Tower was completed in early July. Landscaping around the Tower followed with a spot reserved for the burying of the time capsules at the Chester Trust Garden Party on July 30th.

The restoration of the Lightfoot Tower was completed in early July. Landscaping around the Tower followed with a spot reserved for the burying of the time capsules at the Chester Trust Garden Party on July 30th.

oceanview logo-a1

The staff from Oceanview Garden Centre and Landscaping did an excellent job of taking away the gravel road and work area that they had put in at the start of the restoration. They replaced it with topsoil, grass seed and a little hay to help get growth started. They went out of their way to take care of small details and accommodate our suggestions. The Tower area will be just as beautiful as the rest of the grounds thanks to their efforts.

The staff from Oceanview Garden Centre and Landscaping did an excellent job of taking away the gravel road and work area that they had put in at the start of the restoration. They replaced it with topsoil, grass seed and a little hay to help get growth started. They went out of their way to take care of small details and accommodate our suggestions. The Tower area will be just as beautiful as the rest of the grounds thanks to their efforts.

 

On the way up - the view looking down at the landing in front of the door on the 2nd floor.

On the way up – the view looking down at the landing in front of the door on the 2nd floor.

 

The view of the grounds from the 2nd floor landing.

The view of the grounds from the 2nd floor landing.

 

This is where the staircase ends at the observation deck level.

This is where the staircase ends on the observation deck level.

 

This is what you find at the top of the staircase, a clean and spacious observation deck.

This is what you find at the top of the staircase, a clean and spacious observation deck.

 

This is the view of the grounds from the third-story observation deck. The high ceilings on the first and second floors make the 'third floor' seem higher than one would think.

This is the view of the grounds from the third-story observation deck. The high ceilings on the first and second floors make the ‘third floor’ seem higher than one would think.

 

Despite wet weather that stopped in time for the Chester Trust Garden Party on July 30th, there was still a good turnout to celebrate the restoration of the Tower and raise funds to pay the final bills. (photo courtesy of Tim Harris)

Despite wet weather that stopped in time for the Chester Trust Garden Party on July 30th, there was still a good turnout to celebrate the restoration of the Tower and raise funds to pay the final bills. (photo courtesy of Tim Harris)

 

The time capsules that were sold as part of the Chester Trust fundraising drive are all settled in, ready to be buried until 2064. (photo courtesy of Tim Harris)

The time capsules that were sold as part of the Chester Trust fundraising drive are all settled in, ready to be buried until 2064. (photo courtesy of Tim Harris)

 

Those people who were at the party and had purchased and filled a time capsule gather for a group shot. (Note: You can click on each picture to see a larger version, then click 'back' to return to the site.)

Those people who were at the party and had purchased and filled a time capsule gather for a group shot. (Note: You can click on each picture to see a larger version, then click ‘back’ to return to the site.)

The restored Lightfoot Tower settles at last into its corner of the Library grounds. Many, many thanks must go to Suzi Fraser and the Chester Trust for preserving this special part of Chester's heritage.

The restored Lightfoot Tower settles, at last, into its corner of the Library grounds. Many, many thanks must go to Suzi Fraser and the Chester Trust for preserving this special part of Chester’s heritage.

 

The moon rises over the Tower as it displays its new lighting.

The moon rises over the Tower as it displays its new lighting.