Since it's opening in 1928, this government office building
has taken the brunt of Toronto weather, causing the
applied Gothic stone façades to gradually deteriorate.
The most recent phase pertained to the parapet walls,
which required stones to be replaced or refinished.
This job proved to be especially difficult due to the
scarcity of Queenston limestone. Quarries in the area
are no longer supplying blocks for dimensional work,
only gravel. A stockpile of the stone was reserved several
years ago for the restoration of government buildings
with strict guidelines to ensure that there would be
sufficient material for the completion of all present
and future phases. Unfortunately, the stockpiled material
had been blasted from the quarry, causing minute cracks
and making it extremely fragile to work with. Additionally,
the awkward shapes from the quarry created a much higher