Monday, August 24, 2015

On The Hill

It has been awhile since I last took a shot of the Peace Tower from this covered entrance at the East Block.


The West Block, meanwhile, is slowly emerging from the scaffolding that has enveloped it for a long while. The windows are not yet replaced, but the stone is clean, the sand blasting process clearing off the effects of pollution. This is part of the ongoing work on the Hill for rehabilitation of the buildings. 


Contrast the above with this shot of an arch on the Centre Block. You can see the dark marks- that's the effect of pollution over time, and has to be removed when the Centre Block gets its work done next.


The status quo is even more obvious on the East Block, which will be entombed beneath scaffolding in the coming years. The entire process, by the time it's said and done, will still take over a decade.

36 comments:

  1. This looks like an endless project and certainly seems worth it to keep these gorgeous buildings looking fit. The West Block is looking very nice.

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  2. So hard to believe that the stone changes color due to pollution. I'm with Blogoratti. Love the first photo!

    Janis
    GDP

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  3. It is not easy cleaning of these stone buildings.

    Tomás.

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  4. Love the first photo, William.

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  5. beautiful...i really love that first photo!

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  6. Your top photo is so beautifully framed.

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  7. The cleaning makes a big difference to some very beautiful buildings. I like the way you've shown before and after.

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  8. @Kay: it feels like an endless project. The work actually began before they even started touching any of the buildings- they had to find places to put the workers in these offices, and that meant some work being done on federal office buildings nearby.

    @Blogoratti: thank you!

    @Janis: that arch is the best way to frame a shot of the Peace Tower. It has been quite awhile since I last photographed it that way.

    @Tomas: it certainly isn't.

    @Revrunner: thanks!

    @Luis: thank you!

    @Deb: thank you!

    @Karl: that appears to be a consensus!

    @Tanya: thanks!

    @Lauren: people are loving that shot today.

    @Red: it makes a huge difference. It'll be a lot of work before this is done. Centre Block will be getting it starting in 2018.

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  9. My favourite is the first photo. Great capture!

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  10. Absolutely love the first shot William, perfectly framed in my favourite architectural feature, the arch! I visited our museum yesterday, same thing covered in scaffolding.. will be fini in 2020, but it will look fab!

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  11. Love the way you have framed the tower in the doorway.

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  12. Love your photography. You did # 1 as a gorgeous unique shot.

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  13. @Nancy: thanks!

    @Sharon: I'm glad so many are liking it!

    @Grace: this is going to be a long while before it's done. I'll miss the Peace Tower while it's wrapped up.

    @Linda: thanks!

    @Carolann: thank you!

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  14. When the work is done it will be time to start over on the first part!

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  15. It's a never ending process... Love your first shot!

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  16. u really nailed (or is pinned) any who awesome shot!!! ( ;

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  17. I really like that first picture William, very nice...

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  18. @RedPat: it does seem that way.

    @Marleen: thank you!

    @Ciel: thanks!

    @Beth: that one might be a best of the year!

    @Geoff: thanks.

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  19. Great photos! I particularly like the one of the Peace Tower showing through the archway. Beautifully composed.

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  20. I really like what you've done in the first one. Well composed.

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  21. I love that first photo, William!

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  22. Looks like a fantastic building. Love the framing of the first shot!

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  23. What a most wonderful buildning !!!

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  24. It's a beautiful sight! The first shot is wonderful, as said!

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  25. what a difference a good cleaning makes.........

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  26. Love that first shot. That is quite a process to clean all that stone.

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