Major Overhaul Underway for Historic Site
Article by 25366 Anna-Michelle Shewfelt
In a previous edition of e-Veritas, we showed you a glimpse of the construction work in progress at Fort Frederick. We’ve now learned updated details of just what is being done and why. According to Ashley Mendes, Assistant Curator for the RMC Museum in the Fort, “Fort Frederick is receiving restoration work to repair the masonry of the martello tower and other features within the Fort.” As she went on to explain, “The limestone and mortar was deteriorating causing cracks in the walls and allowing moisture in. The Museum removed the displays and artifacts from the tower in 2016 in anticipation of the work and because the humidity in the tower had become unsafe for the collections.”
As she went on to describe, the work is already well underway. “The current restoration work has been in progress for close to a year,” she said. “It started last September as a test project, repairing the masonry around one caponier and one window on the tower in order to explore how the masonry on the rest of the tower could be restored. In addition to that test project the original limestone retaining walls surrounding the Armstrong gun in the Lake water bastion (at the tip of the point) were reconstructed, as was as the carriage for the gun itself. Structural repairs were also made to the roof of the Martello tower.”
The remainder of the work was only actually approved this past summer. “The tower will be completely restored over the next three years! This will include repair and reconstruction of the masonry of the whole tower,” she said.
Cadets and Ex-Cadets alike can look therefore look forward to repair work being a fixture of the peninsula for some time to come and, just as importantly, to a fully repaired tower once the work is complete!