2014 Award of Excellence – Conservation of Buildings, Structures, Engineering Works and Landscapes – Rehabilitation

Halifax City Hall Stone Masonry Restoration

Halifax City Hall, completed in 1890, is an ornate Second Empire style building that still serves as Halifax City Hall. In 2009, G.F. Duffus and Company Ltd. was engaged to undertake the restoration of its stone masonry, a project that expanded into a major conservation program. In addition to setting out a full Conservation Strategy, and applying a conservation approach throughout the project, the firm worked with and trained masons in collaboration with a conservator.

The jury commended the project for its breadth and outcomes, but also noted that it represented an important model for a true partnership of an owner, lead consultant and contractor.


Awarded to:

Graeme Duffus (BSc, BArch, NSAA, AANB, CAHP, FRAIC)
William B. Hockey (B.Arch., MEDS (Conservation))