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Bronze Exterior Elements Assessment and Contract Documents - Supreme Court of Canada

Supreme Court of Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada

As part of an overall project to conserve outdoor bronze features and associated masonry, CSI was requested by the project architect to carry out a hands-on survey and condition assessment of the exterior bronze elements at the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) building. A Classified federal heritage building, the SCC was constructed from 1938-40 to the designs of Montreal architect Ernest Cormier.  The two prominent statues flanking the main entrance, Veritas and Justicia, are the work of Walter Seymour Allward, a Canadian monumental sculptor who also designed the Vimy Memorial in France. 

The goal of the assessment was to investigate the conditions of the metalwork, investigate and interpret likely original finishes, identify and assess causes of deterioration and make recommendations for treatment with the goal of minimal intervention, preservation of historic fabric, documentation and reversibility.  The elements studied included statuary, torchères, flagpole finials and bases, and lamps. 

Upon approval of the conservation approach by the owner, CSI contributed to the development of the tender package, and provided construction oversight for conservation work.