Soldiers’ Tower commemorates the 1,200 University of Toronto students who served during World War I. Designed by architects Sproatt and Rolph, construction began in 1919, and the tower was completed in 1924. In 1927 the clock and carillon were added. A wall at the base of the tower was later added to contain the names of students who died in other subsequent conflicts.
In 2005 ERA was contracted to provide the University with a comprehensive restoration strategy for the heritage masonry and interior plaster elements of the structure. This work included a masonry condition assessment of the entire tower and the preliminary planning for a multi-phase restoration project.
In 2010 we were engaged to provide contract documents and contract administration services for the first phase of the restoration work. This phase has involved the stabilization of two of the masonry spires and general repairs to the stonework and pointing on the west elevation of the tower.
Of particular interest to ERA in this project was the process of documenting hundreds of lines of fine stone engraving on several faces on and adjacent to the Tower. To read about this process, please see our blog post on documenting the engravings, or, for information on remembrance services held onsite, please see information provided by the University of Toronto.