Thursday, August 6, 2009

Historic Mcgill University Buildings Getting A Major Cleaning

The outside of two of McGill's buildings are being cleaned for the first time using a technique called gommage. Photograph by: Natasha Fillion, The Gazette

From The Montreal Gazette:

It’s been a long-awaited makeover.

For the first time since their construction in the 1800s, the facades of two McGill University buildings are getting a scrubdown.

The Arts Building, at 853 Sherbrooke St. W., and the Strathcona Music Building, at 555 Sherbrooke St. W., are the buildings being cleaned.

Their limestone fronts have been untouched since the structures were built in 1839 and 1899, respectively.

“What’s wonderful about the repairs and cleaning is that it can be appreciated by the entire community of Montreal,” said Ron Proulx, executive director of facilities operations and development at McGill.

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