This second empire mansion was designed by the Power and Son team of architects and was constructed in 1877. The style is known for its curved mansard roof, as well as decorative ironwork and carpentry. 85 King is considered one of the best examples of this architectural style in Ontario.
Edgewater was pleased to be included in the current owner's ambitious plans for restoration of the property. Our initial project focussed on restoration of the East boundary wall, which had been repointed with incompatible cement mortar, and had been filled in places with concrete.
The 92' wall was dismantled, and each stone was numbered and stored. Individual stones were slated for reuse, repair or replacement. 15 tons of local Kingston Limestone was cut and dressed by hand to match the original stone. The wall was pointed in a Natural Hydraulic Lime mortar which is flexible and permeable enough to accomodate environmental stresses.
The zinc-coated copper cap was fabricated and installed by Mark Peabody Custom Builder.
A primer on Second Empire architecture can be found here: http://www.historicplaces.ca/en/pages/29_second_empire.aspx