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Church on Fire: Burnt Door Concert

In the early hours of August 23, Holy Trinity was set on fire by an arsonist. Due to the quick thinking of someone who was sleeping in the square and who called emergency services, the church suffered no worse damage than the burning of the west door. We are very grateful to him for taking action to save the church.

A temporary door has been installed, and the west entrance remains out of commission. The police have detained the person alleged to have set the fire.

To replace the doors will cost about $60 000 overall, and we as a parish must come up with the deductible of $2500. To support this goal, the Burnt Door Concert is being planned for October 20th at 7:30 pm. It will be an eclectic mix of pop and classical music. Mark your calendars! Tickets are available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3094438

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Last chance today, August 30 at noon!

We are open Monday to Friday from 11 AM to 3 PM to welcome anyone who steps through the doors.

Tuesdays the music happens outside on the square, sponsored by The Downtown Yonge BIA. This series ends, but there are other concerts nearby if you visit their website.This year’s theme is “Dance Inspiring Fusion of the Americas”

A gathering place for danceable rhythms from across the Americas. Salsa, samba and more, are reimagined to feature a wider variety of genre-defying music from the best established and emerging artists in the city.

Full schedule of concerts in Trinity Square and other events close by can be found here.

Seeking Stability… a construction story

The image above was caught by Jim Houston one sunny afternoon. It is our southwest stained glass window projected onto the construction hoarding.

Here now is your update on the North West Tower Rehabilitation

 

So how is the construction project going?

Very well once we had had the unsuspected asbestos removed, which was lurking under the floor boards. It cost approximately $6,000 to remove the wrapping from a 12 foot length of pipe.

Will the Tower go back into its original position?

No, but it will stop it leaning any further. Another Leaning Tower of Pisa might sound interesting as a tourist attraction for our Church but definitely not a good idea!!

Clifford Construction have had to do a lot of preparation to get to this point. Carmen Lupo, the “go to guy”(see photo) on site and his crew carefully dug, with a hydrovac and by hand, down to the Church foundations, digging under the huge 1847 sCarmen outsidetones. At strategic points where the helical piles have been placed a big square has been dug. So Friday 29th January the #1 helical piles were surrounded by an iron cage of criss-crossed iron bars.(see photo) Once in position they carefully poured the concrete to fill the iron skeleton and the ditch connecting the inside and outside under the foundation wall, vibrating the concrete to get the rebar in position and ensure even distribution of the concrete.(see photo)  All during the process the representativerebar cage with yellow cord from R.J.C. Consulting Engineers was doing the quality control.

The engineers had specified the percentage of each of the concrete’s constituents. An independent contractor will  test each batch for water content and strength. Terraprobe the “tester” took 4 cylinders of concrete (see photo) 1 to be tested at 24 hours, 1 at 7days and 2 at filled tubes28 days. So this was the first set of 3 helical piles to be completed, now there are all the others. It is a slow meticulous process to make sure everything is completed to the engineer’s specifications and that the construction crew are working under safe conditions.

 

I hesitate to tempt fate but Clifford Construction and the RJC Consulting Engineers hope to have the inside work finished by the end of February and the outside about the middle of March, if everything goes smoothly.  The outside cracks will be caulked but the finishing mortar will not be done until the Spring as it is too cold to ensure a good colour match.

Site meetings with all the participants, are held every 2 weeks so if there any more questions, please don’t hesitate to ask

By Jean Robinson (“Clerk of the Works”)

 

Jim Houston caught this image on the hoarding one sunny afternoon.  Stained glass on hoarding