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Public Service Announcement
City Hall main entrance re-opened as restoration project proceeds
Monday, October 1, 2012 (Halifax, NS) – HRM dusted off its welcome mat as City Hall’s main entrance facing Grand Parade was re-opened today, as work continues to restore HRM’s historic Second Empire style City Hall.
To date, restoration work has included: restoration of the sandstone-faced exterior masonry walls along Argyle Street, a portion of Duke Street and the front of the building; an excavation under the front steps to reset them; restoration of the concrete and ironstone in the dry moat at the front of the building; and, removal of topsoil covering the roof of the former stable (now an electrical supply) under the Grand Parade to access and replace the stable’s deteriorating roof.
Phase three work now underway includes exterior restoration of the Barrington Street side of the building, as well as the eastern portion of the building on Duke Street. Further project updates will be provided as this work proceeds.
The side door of City Hall on Argyle Street will continue to be the building’s accessible entrance.
Halifax City Hall is a national historic site, designated in 1987 by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. Approximately $5.7 million has been spent or committed to date on its restoration, which includes $1.13 million in funding from the Canada Nova Scotia Infrastructure Stimulus Program. In April, Council approved the tender award for ongoing phase three work in the amount of $1.6 million.