Constructed in 1929, Honourable W.C. Kennedy Collegiate Institute represents the most significant academic English Gothic revival structure in the City. Designed by Cameron and Ralston Architects, the high school’s exterior showcases remarkable architectural forms and detailing which include precast stone, brick masonry, leaded windows and wood exterior doors. The interior is treated with vaulting and archways in significant nodes and spaces and has significant plaster works, stone and wood works.
JPTA’s exterior masonry restoration work included the complete restoration of the school’s north facade – which is the school’s crowned jewel. The process involved: removing brick and stone piece-by-piece; exposing the existing structure; installing new structural steel where needed; numbering and cataloguing all existing stone; conducting material testing; casting new stone where existing stone was failed in any way; re-installing all existing and new stone; installing new thermally broken leaded glass windows and new wood doors, and; re-roofing and parapet work.
JPTA completed the design and specification work in collaboration with ERA Architects. The removed stone was placed in front of the school and was affectionately known as a Kennedy Graveyard. The final product is a complete and authentic reconstruction of the original stone and masonry design.