Royal Alexandra Hall Project and New Site Development


Preliminary Work for Royal Alexandra Hall Project

Freight Shed foundation and relocation to prepare site for RAH structural shell construction

Date Description Photos
Fall 1999 Photos and text yet to be assembled for this particular work  
     

Royal Alexandra Hall Construction Work (287 photos)

Date Description Photos
December 1999 Foudation begin for structural shell to house the Hall panels etc Photo # 1
April 2000 Structural work on building shell begins Photos # 2-4
May 2000 Shell work continues exterior and interior framing Photos # 5-11
June 2000 Interior shell drywall sheathing and priming Photos # 11-15
July 2000 A) Interior shell underslab ducts and concrete floor base Photos # 16-19
  B) Storing recently-arrived original room contents in Freight Shed basement Photos # 20-30
  C) Restoring wrought iron chandeliers and light fixtures Photos # 31-42
August 2000 A) Mounting process of panels begins to walls inside shell Photos # 43-49
  B) Floor Plan and Elevation of project within the total building concept Photos # 50-51
September 2000 A) New lead in track begins to permanent display tracks at end of Hall Photo # 52
  B) Work continues outside and inside shell, cornice components repair, etc. Photos # 53-68
October 2000 A) Cornice mounting Photos # 69-72
  B) Chandeliers Restoration Photos # 73-80
November 2000 A) Site work on permanent display tracks and Reception Hall foundation Photos # 81-89
  B) Casting replicas of damaged existing capitals and dentils Photos # 90-96
December 2000 A) Light fixtures, skylights Photos # 97-100
  B) Oak fireplace restoration begins - paint being stripped Photo # 101- 103
End of 2000 Six un-numbered photos of the general state of the hall interior at the end of the year Photos
Januaury 2001 Entrance Hall framing Photos # 104-109
February 2001 Fireplace restoration continues- varnishing Photos # 110-114
March 2001 Fireplace components mounted on display wall in Entrance Hall Photo # 115-121
April 2001 Scott National Building demolished and digging starts for three display tracks Photo # 122-124
May 2001 A) Palm Court Framing at SW end of Hall Photos # 125-129
  B) Dentils and heraldic crests replication and mounting Photos # 130-137
June 2001 Some exterior brick and fireplace components completed and mounted on wall Photos # 138-146
June 16 2001 * Official Dedication of the Hall - to meet terms of Federal Millenium funding Photos # 147-158
December 2001 A) Completion of staining/varnishing of curved ceiling and installation of oak floor Photos # 159-167
  B) More views of completed interiors Photos # 168-175
Early 2002 Display track work & preparation of 14 cars for relocation at former museum site Photos # 176-186
Sept 11-13 2002 Relocation of 14 railcars from former site to new site and addition of 14 more Photos # 187-195
September 2002 Cars inside new fenced site and some exterior lettering of cars facing street Photos # 196-205
December 2002 Restoration of missing oak French Door set for Hall (donation by Cranbrook Cabinets) Photos # 206-211
Spring 2003 Reception Hall work, Entrance Hall main windows/doors and ornate railings, Photos # 212-226
Spring 2003 Moving off-site stored car # 621 and car # 52 into spaces provided on track # 2 Photos # 227-232
Winter 2003-04 Palm Court and Reception Hall interior completed, original gown displays and first Reception Hall set up Photos # 233-247
Winter 2003-04 Entrance Hall Interior and Exterior Photos # 248-262
Spring 2004 Front Entrance work and landscaping - marquee, paving, signs Photos # 263-274
Spring 2004 Viewing corridor work, details in Entrance Hall and first Royal Alexandra rental Photos # 275-287
Summer 2004 Final Facility Completion for Grand Opening, September 2004 Photos # 288-314