Home

Photos of Grounds Through the Seasons

Leave a comment

ZVML Grounds Winter 4

Now that Spring has come again, we thought it would be nice to add some photos of the grounds of the Library taken at different times of the year. You can find them on this site on the Grounds page of the Tour menu. Of course, the grounds will always experience some changes as we try new plantings and arrangements over time, but in the photos you can see different things that were tried in various places.

 

Advertisements

Summer 2015 Is Here…

Leave a comment

We’re well into another summer and it seems to be a nice one. The annual Library newsletter is out and is available here.

There is also a new phone number for the Library: 902-273-2526

On July 23rd there will be a party to celebrate the completion last year of the Lightfoot Tower:

2015-07-20 15_55_06-Zoe.pages.pdf - Adobe Reader

Hope to see you there!!!

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

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.

Raising The Roof

Leave a comment

Here we see Hazen and Kevin installing the trusses for the new roof. They are using part of the former structure that was lifted to the ground to assemble the complete new roof before it is lifted into place.

Here we see Kevin and Hazen installing the trusses for the new roof. They are using part of the former structure that was lifted to the ground to assemble the complete new roof before it is lifted into place.

The red cedar shingles and metal flashing are being installed.

The red cedar shingles and metal flashing are being installed.

Here we can see how detailed and complex the work is on making sure a roof like this holds up against the weather. Each piece of metal flashing has to be measured, hand cut and then bent into the correct shape to keep the water out.

Here we can see how detailed and complex the work is on making sure a roof like this holds up against the weather. Each piece of metal flashing has to be measured, hand cut and then bent into the correct shape to keep the water out.

The day to lift the completed roof has arrived and large straps are attached to the huge steel beams that will carry the roof to its place on top of the tower.

The day to lift the completed roof has arrived and large straps are attached to the huge steel beams that will carry the roof to its place on top of the tower.

All is in place and everything is double-checked to ensure a safe operation.

All is in place and everything is double-checked to ensure a safe operation.

Contractor Barry Redmond looks down on the preparations from the observation deck of the tower. It was his great idea to build the roof on the ground then lift into place to ensure the safety and efficiency of this phase of the construction.

Contractor Barry Redmond looks down on the preparations from the observation deck of the tower. It was his great idea to build the roof on the ground then lift into place to ensure the safety and efficiency of this phase of the construction.

The tower roof is successfully set into place on the observation deck of the tower. A job well done by all. You can watch video of the lift below.

The tower roof is successfully set into place on the observation deck of the tower. A job well done by all. You can watch video of the lift below.

 

Work Resumes on Tower Restoration

Leave a comment

Even though the winter stretched itself into spring, work was started again on the Tower restoration. After the scaffolding was back in place, a large crane was brought in to remove the roof structure of the observation deck, wich can be seen on the ground , stripped of its shingles and roof boards. The use of a crane is a faster, safer and more cost-effective means of dealing with a project such as this.

Even though the winter stretched itself into spring, work was started again on the Tower restoration. After the scaffolding was back in place, a large crane was brought in to remove the roof structure of the observation deck, which can be seen on the ground , stripped of its shingles and roof boards. The use of a crane is a faster, safer and more cost-effective means of dealing with a project such as this.

Tower Scene Spring 2

Here we can see the crane from Land and Sea Construction that was used to remove the roof structure. On this day, it has been used to lift off and bring to the ground, the floor structure of the old observation deck, seen on the ground beside the crane. By the end of the day, the floor structure was broken down and removed from the site.

Tower Scene Spring 3

Now that the old structures have been removed, work has started on the new observation level. The floor structure and the support posts for the roof can be seen taking shape.

Tower Scene Spring 4

In this picture we have a closer view of the work being done on the floor structure. This is a very complex part of the job because the observation deck has eight sides and this creates many angles. As well, great care must be given to following the engineering drawings to ensure that the structure will withstand public use. The posts for the roof must also be properly tied into the structure.

Site Quiet Until Spring

Leave a comment

With the snowfall in December, the work on the Tower has come to a halt. With snow and ice on everything, it is just too unsafe to work.

With the snowfall in December, the work on the Tower has come to a halt. With snow and ice on everything, it is just too unsafe to work.

A January thaw has given the crew a chance to take down the scaffolding until work can be resumed. This was done to prevent unauthorized people from climbing while the site is dormant. As well, the configuration may have to be changed when work begins on the external staircase and observation deck in the spring.

A January thaw has given the crew a chance to take down the scaffolding until work can be resumed. This was done to prevent unauthorized people from climbing while the site is dormant. As well, the configuration may have to be changed when work begins on the external staircase and observation deck in the spring.

 

Here we can see one of  the new exterior or "storm" doors that have been installed. Note the iron strap hinges that are found on so many of the old gates and doors in the Chester area.

Here we can see one of the new exterior or “storm” doors that have been installed. Note the iron strap hinges that are found on so many of the old gates and doors in the Chester area.

 

Older Entries Newer Entries