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William Lyon Mackenzie King Grave Site Monitoring Report 2011

William Lyon Mackenzie King Grave Site Monitoring Report 2011

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The 2011 inspection report for the gravesite of former prime minister Mackenzie King with a four-year conservation plan to rejuvenate the site.
The 2011 inspection report for the gravesite of former prime minister Mackenzie King with a four-year conservation plan to rejuvenate the site.

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GRAVE SITES OF CANADIAN PRIME MINISTERSMONITORING REPORT
[Grave Sites of Canadian Prime Ministers Monitoring Report:The Right Hon. William Lyon Mackenzie King]
 
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SUBJECT
:
The Right Hon. William Lyon Mackenzie King Grave SiteGrave Sites of Canadian Prime Ministers Monitoring Report
Mount Pleasant Cemetery,375 Mount Pleasant Road,Toronto, ON, M4T 2V8
TO: Madame Julie Dompierre, Director
Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada (HSMBC) SecretariatLes Terrasses de la Chaudière25 Eddy Street, Gatineau, 5
th
floorQuebec K1A 0M5
FOR: National Program for the Grave Sites of Canadian PrimeMinisters
THE RIGHT HONOURABLEWILLIAM LYONMACKENZIE KING
 
 
GRAVE SITES OF CANADIAN PRIME MINISTERSMONITORING REPORT
[Grave Sites of Canadian Prime Ministers Monitoring Report:The Right Hon. William Lyon Mackenzie King]
 
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PREPARED BY: Janet Wright
Senior Conservation AdvisorHeritage Programs BranchHeritage Conservation and Commemoration DirectorateGatineau, QC, K1A 0M5
DATE:
27 February 20121.0 GENERAL INFORMATION
 
DATE OF INSPECTION:
 
19 September 2011
PC FIELD UNIT CONTACT:
 
Dhruba Subedi
 Asset ManagerSW Ontario Field Unit905 308-8954
CLIMATIC CONDITIONS:
 
Overcast, 16
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GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE GRAVE ENVIRONMENT:
The gravesite of the Right Honourable William Lyon Mackenzie King is situated in MountPleasant Cemetery which is 83-hectare property located in the heart of urban Toronto.The cemetery itself, which was established in 1876, is a beautifully landscaped propertycharacterized by mature trees, well manicured lawns, shrubs and winding paths androadways laid out in the asymmetrical and naturalistic manner of the Picturesquelandscape tradition. Mount Pleasant Cemetery is a protected heritage site under theOntario Heritage Act and it has also been designated a National Historic Site of Canada.The King Family plot is located in the northeast sector the cemetery on the edge of oneof the asphalt roadway. The gravestone of Mackenzie King is a low granite marker laidflat on the ground. Other grave markers within the plot consist of the ornately carvedCeltic cross commemorating King’s parents and a higher sarcophagus-like marker toKing’s brother, Dougall King, and members of his family.
2.0 COMPONENTS – OBSERVATION AND RECOMMENDED ACTIONS1. Awareness PanelObservation:
The awareness panel is situated an appropriate distance from the King family plot andadjacent to the flagpole. The cast aluminum sign is in good condition. The seal around
 
 
GRAVE SITES OF CANADIAN PRIME MINISTERSMONITORING REPORT
[Grave Sites of Canadian Prime Ministers Monitoring Report:The Right Hon. William Lyon Mackenzie King]
 
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the oval photograph of King is intact and the grey background paint shows little sign ofchipping or fading. The last monitoring report, which was prepared in 2005, noted thatsome paint along the side of the panel had chipped off. The recommended touch upwas not carried out and, as shown in the photographs below, the paint has continued towear away. This defect does not, however, interfere with the legibility of the sign. Theblack metal stand is in good condition. Although the paint at the ground level is chippedin a few places, this defect does not significantly mar the appearance of the sign.
 Recommended Action:Low priority:
Touch up the awareness panel and metal stand with matching paint.
Flaking Paint in 2005 Awareness panel Condition of Paint in 2011
 

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