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Sydney Mines Town Hall Heritage Restoration and Building Addition
Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia

The former Old Post Office in Sydney Mines was built in 1904, as part of the federal government's public-works program, to unite remote areas of Canada with a distinctive and pervasive architectural presence. Typical of public buildings of its time, this Baronial/Gothic structure is characterized by its crenellated tower and fortress-like appearance. Its striking appearance is due to the alternating use of brick; smooth limestone; and rough, rusticated limestone, forming patterns in the masonry.

The Sydney Mines Post Office renovation is a prime example of the rehabilitation/revitalization of Baronial/Gothic, Federal-Style, Heritage Buildings. This building had been gutted by fire, and remained un-repaired and vacant for a number of years; and, during that time, it had fallen victim to repeated vandalization. Trifos Design Consultants devised a plan for the extensive interior and exterior revitalization of this local heritage property, smoothly transforming the building's interior from that which housed a post-office facility, to one that easily and effortlessly accommodates the Town's Administrative Officers and Personnel.

The work was divided into four main phases, as follows: coordination of cleanup of internal fire damage; design of architectural and structural refurbishment of the severely-damaged and fire-gutted interior; design and coordination of extensive, exterior-masonry restoration operations; and interior rehabilitation work. Trifos Design Consultants prides itself on its ability to design and coordinate the rehabilitation of heritage-style structures, enhancing their functionality, while maintaining the integrity and character of the edifice. (09/88 Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia)