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Here is architect’s report on Victoria Hall

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Here is architect's report on Victoria Hall

B.Napier Simpson to J.H.C.Massie

. Site visited March 30th 1971. The flooring over parts of the opera house had been removed enabling more detailed examinations to be made.

There is some visible rot at the ends of the floor joists supporting the main and second floors where the exterior masonry walls. It was observed that some locations had been shored and braced.

Roof trusses over the opera house appear to be basically sound, but there is evidence of cracking of reasonably recent nature in some timbers. We would suggest this might be caused from drying through the heating system with consequent shrinkage of the truss members. This in turn appears to be accentuated by failure to tighten the iron tension members as a matter of building maintenance under the conditions. The trusses should also be further reinforced with metal gussets in view of evidence observed.

While the outward appearances of the walls shows much evidence of cracking, we could not see anything more severe than the cracks caused by the entrance of moisture and subsequent freezing and spalling of the surface brick There were many locations where damaged, deteriorated and missing metal weather protection is permitting this to occur. These walls require replacement weather strips, downpipes, and sealing in several locations. The walls could then be pointed, repaired and waterproofed. The general appearance is not any worse than we have observed in many buildings of similar age.

Reinforcement of the main floor joists could be readily accomplished by constructing an interior perimeter basement wall of concrete block to sup- port the joists where they are solid. Further progression of rot can be prevented by treating the ends of the joists which will then only be asked to support much reduced loading.

We suggest that the opera house floor can be adequately supported by reinforcement at the ex- terior walls and also by additional structural strengthening of some interior walls which are now partitions only. It would also be of benefit to remove the sloping floor structure which has been built over the original floor. This would remove a great deal of the existing permanent dead load for which we feel the floor was not designed to carry.

Where practical, we would like to see the ex- terior wails tied with steel tension rods to brace and stabilize them.

The foundation walls all appear sound and no evidence of failure or settling. Subject to further detailed examination of some of the major structural components mentioned above, we would estimate that the building can be renovated for a great number of years of future use, and public enjoyment for a cost far less than a new structure offering similar facilities.

Some definite improvements (?)

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Here is architect’s report on Victoria Hall
Source: The Cobourg Sentinel-Star, Friday, May 14, 1971
Acquired: January 2008
Date of Publication:
14 May 1971
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Victoria Hall Restoration 08-14
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.95977 Longitude: -78.16515
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Here is architect’s report on Victoria Hall

Here is architect’s report on Victoria Hall
Source: The Cobourg Sentinel-Star, Friday, May 14, 1971
Acquired: January 2008