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Masonry Restoration in Victoria, BC


The Legislative Assembly building in Victoria BC

In a world constantly evolving with modernity, the preservation of heritage and historical structures stands as a testament to our past. Among the diverse forms of architectural heritage, masonry structures hold a special place, reflecting the craftsmanship and cultural identity of bygone eras. However, the task of restoring these monuments to their former glory is not a simple one. It requires a delicate balance of artistry, science, and a profound understanding of the materials involved, particularly the mortars used in their construction.


Victoria, BC is home to countless architectural buildings which are clad with both brick and stone. From the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia parliament building to the Government House and Craigdarroch Castle, Victoria has much to offer in the way of historical masonry structures. But, due to our coastal weather, masonry and the mortar that binds these buildings together starts to weaken and fall apart. This is where a qualified and professional masonry restoration company like Lennox Masonry of Victoria, BC is needed.



Craigdarroch Castle in Victoria BC

Restoring heritage masonry structures poses several challenges, chief among them being the selection and application of appropriate mortars. Unlike modern cement-based mortars, which prioritize strength and convenience, traditional lime mortars offer a more compatible solution for historic buildings. Lime mortars are breathable, allowing moisture to escape and preventing damage caused by trapped moisture—a common issue in older structures. Moreover, lime mortars possess a softer, more flexible nature, which is crucial for accommodating the natural movement of historic masonry without causing cracks or deterioration.

Choosing the right mortar mix is a critical aspect of masonry restoration. Historic structures often require bespoke mortar blends tailored to match the original composition. This involves thorough analysis of the existing mortar, including its texture, color, and aggregate size. By understanding the historical context and regional variations in mortar composition, our restoration experts here at Lennox Masonry can replicate the characteristics of the original mortar, ensuring a seamless integration with the existing masonry.


Why Choose Lennox Masonry for your masonry restoration project?


Lennox Masonry has had the pleasure of working with the City of Victoria on countless projects which pertain to restoring heritage masonry structures, from stone walls and chimneys to historical buildings. We have also worked on many private masonry collections as well over the years, such as restoring and rebuilding the remnants of a 17th Century Gothic Cathedral at the Oldfield Estate which were used as garden features throughout the acreage.

In using mortar analysis testing, we are able to match the original mortars used in the building of some of Victoria's most prominent architectural buildings. We are also incredibly knowledgeable when it comes to sourcing both stones and bricks which closely match the original materials used.



17th Century Limestone architecture and masonry being restored and rebuilt by Lennox Masonry in Victoria BC


Lennox Masonry has also played an active role in restoring heritage chimneys throughout Victoria BC for over a decade. We have guided countless homeowners through the process of applying and obtaining grants through the City of Victoria for restoring their heritage chimneys to working order. You can learn about the process here: Repairing & Rebuilding Heritage Chimneys in Victoria, BC (A Guide for Homeowners)



A heritage chimney which is being restored and rebuilt by Lennox Masonry in Victoria BC


Restoring heritage masonry structures demands a high level of skill and expertise. Masons involved in such projects must possess a deep understanding of traditional building techniques and materials. They must be adept at hand-mixing mortars to achieve the desired consistency and workability—a skill that has been honed through generations of craftsmanship. Additionally, craftsmen must possess an eye for detail, meticulously matching the pattern and texture of the original masonry to maintain the historical integrity of the structure.



17th Century Limestone architecture and masonry being restored and rebuilt by Lennox Masonry in Victoria BC


Lennox Masonry of Victoria, BC has been proudly serving both Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands for over a decade. We are small group of skilled masons with a great deal of passion towards our trade and for improving the communities we live and work in. We extend our gratitude to the lək̓ʷəŋən people for allowing us to share and work on this corner of the garden with them. We are thankful for the residents and businesses of Victoria, BC for supporting us in our endeavors!

If you’re in need of a professional and reliable masonry company for your next project, please contact us today!



Stonemasonry logo of Lennox Masonry in Victoria BC


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