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    Repair work begins on McDougall United Church
    http://www.630ched.com/2015/09/24/re...united-church/

    The south tower of the 100-year-old McDougall United Church downtown is about to get a quick face-lift.

    McDougall Church council member Rob McLauchlin says a crane is scheduled to arrive at the historic building Thursday, heralding the beginning of repairs to the outside of the century-old structure.

    “In the beginning we’re just going to shore up the south tower,” explained McLauchlin. “It’s aging and some of the brick point work needs work; and some of the cornices are a little unstable.”

    McLauchlin says it’s expected to take a couple of days, with the repair work to continue on in the spring.

    The province has just handed the church $750,000, and McLauchlin says they hope they’ll receive the $500,000 the city has committed to the repair work in the coming year — as they continue their fundraising efforts.

    McLauchlin also says he doesn’t think they’ll need quite as much money as was first estimated by the city.

    “The city said that it was going to cost $25 million to repair that church…and I think this project will actually be done, in full, for a fraction of that amount.”

    The church is not only used weekly by the congregation for worship, but it’s also used seven days a week for weddings and funerals, and is put to constant use by all kinds of music groups.

    McLauchlin says anyone looking to help out should contact the church to do so directly, adding they can also attend concerts and fundraisers that they’ll be announcing in the future. (td)
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    Edmonton's historic McDougall United Church saved from the wreckers

    http://edmontonjournal.com/news/loca...m-the-wreckers

    Edmonton’s historic McDougall United Church was officially saved from the wrecking ball Tuesday, at least for the moment.

    The church and the Friends of McDougall Church society still face the difficult task of fundraising to secure up to $15 million needed to fully restore the 105-year-old church, 1,000-seat concert hall and community meeting space. A council vote Tuesday officially added the building to the city’s Municipal Historic Resources inventory.

    That move prohibits anyone from taking out a demolition permit and secures $500,000 to start stabilizing the structure. The province agreed to contribute $750,000 from its Community Facility Enhancement Program after the building was given a provincial historic designation last spring.
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    Now to save it from the freeze-thaw cycle...
    Let's make Edmonton better.

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    McDougall Church restoration has begun
    http://www.friendsofmcdougall.ca/res...on_work_begins

    The McDougall Restoration Committee is pleased to share that repairs to McDougall United Church began Monday, July 25, 2016, and will continue into the fall of 2016. This project was made possible by a combined total of $1.25 million dollars in grants provided by the Province of Alberta and the City of Edmonton.Phase One of the restoration project includes reconstruction of the front stairs, and repairs to the brickwork on the façade of the west side of the building. During this time, maintenance and repairs to the south tower will also take place. Scaffolding will be erected on July 25 along the perimeter of the church to provide ease of access for contractors and architects. It was also determined that a number of trees on the south side of the building would not survive the restoration process, and as such, a safety fence has been installed to prepare for their removal.
    The McDougall Restoration Committee is committed to fostering positive relationships with neighbours, community partners, and with members of the public. Please visit www.friendsofmcdougall.ca for updates, or contact the church office at 780-428-1818 with any questions or comments regarding the restoration process.
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