Tag: pergola

    Public gets peek at Oakes Garden Theatre renos

    No Comments

    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The new Oakes Garden Theatre is going to look a lot like the old Oakes Garden Theatre.

    Restoration of the theatre’s distinctive pergola wall, dismantled because of safety concerns in 2012, will utilize the original stone pulled from a local quarry when complete, possibly by this summer. Only it will be anchored with a steel “structural spine” to better withstand the area’s wet conditions, said lead architect Emilio Raimondo of Niagara Falls-based Raimondo & Associates Architects Inc.

    Speaking Saturday at an information session hosted by the Niagara Falls Municipal Heritage Committee, Raimondo said the rubble originally used to fill the wall’s support pillars in 1935 “acted as a sponge” over the decades.

    Pieces of the wall, requiring 113 skids and two transport trucks, are in storage waiting to rise again.

    “Hopefully, it’ll be there for another hundred years,” said Raimondo.

    I didn’t even know that it was being renovated…

    Tear down the wall: Oakes Garden pergola dismantled by NPC

    2 Comments

    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The pergola wall at Oakes Garden Theatre has come down, but no one knows when it’s going back up.

    As announced earlier this year, the Niagara Parks Commission has removed the historic wall at the upper slope of the amphitheatre located at the base of Clifton Hill because of safety concerns.

    Rather than scrap the wall, the plan is to reconstruct it with the original materials … some day.

    I was by the other day, and it’s all gone now.

    %d bloggers like this: