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McNally Building
Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. (1956)


The McNally Building is the original building on the new Saint Mary's University campus, designed by Franco Consilgilo of Montreal.  The building appears to be reinforced concrete with a stone veneer.  The plinth, buttresses, band courses and trim are all granite with a random stone on the remainder of the facades. 

This project began in 2005
with an exterior envelope assessment and recommendations on a conservation strategy.  A report had been undertaken in 1993 and we found that very little recommended work had been done.  However, the building was still in similar condition to the previous assessment.   G.F. Duffus & Co. Ltd developed a four-phase scope of work beginning with the most urgent repairs.   Generally the work consisted of: taking town and rebuilding the top 6 courses of the granite buttresses, grouting, stone repairs, repointing 50-100% of the joints in any particular area and caulking the windows.   Occasional leaks found over windows and around the foundation were also addressed through this project.  

Project dates: 2005-2009

1496 Lower Water Street, Suite 315, Halifax Nova Scotia B3J 1R9
Phone: (902) 420-1851    Fax: (902) 425-7445   Email: gfduffus@gfduffusandco.ca