On a storied campus such as U of T’s, there are several places where one can observe the imprint of history. But few are as touching as Soldiers’ Tower, which honours the members of the university community who died in both World Wars. Now, after years of gradual wear and tear, the 87-year-old monument has received some much-needed TLC.
The major restoration started in 2010, and entailed both new structural supports for the four pinnacles and cosmetic enhancements for eroded stonework. The clock, one of the few wholly mechanical tower clocks in Canada, was also restored. The major portion of this work was, fittingly, finished in time for Remembrance Day.
The Soldiers’ Tower project was made possible with significant alumni support: more than 5,100 donations have been made since fundraising started in 2002. Several dozen donors gave more than $1,000, and Blake Goldring contributed $100,000. The McLean Foundation gave $25,000 for carillon recitals to continue during the restoration. Funds were also provided by the U of T Alumni Association, Hart House and the Department of Facilities and Services.
$840,000 has been raised thus far, and the Soldiers’ Tower Committee still seeks donations to complete the project – which will include restorations near the ground level and to the Memorial Wall.
To make a donation, please contact Kathy Parks at 416-978-0544 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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