Lunenburg Winter 2015

15 02 2015

We didn’t have a white Christmas here at Lunenburg, but we’ve seen nothing but the white stuff since the New Year.

Backharbour2The Back Harbour is usually frozen over in the winter, but it seems even more so this year, with the covering of snow on top of the ice.

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It’s difficult to see what is land and what is sea, although you can clearly see the ocean in the background.

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The Polar Prince icebreaker, sits in the ice.

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I have never seen the front harbour frozen like this, since we came here in 2007!

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Hopefully the Blue Nose will sail this summer.

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It doesn’t look as if the lobster boats are going to get to their traps any time soon.

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Some views of the town from the golf course road.

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The famous Fisheries Museum.

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And a different view of the Blue Nose.

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The snow around the town is loaded onto lorries and cleared away, but there are still some big heaps.

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Another

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Every roof and window is like this, I just thought this was pretty.

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More snow heaped at the roadside at St. John’s Church.

Today is another snowy, stormy day, with several more snow days forecast for this week. I really love winter and snow, but it’s so cold that there’s not much we can do outside. It’s even too cold to go skiing!

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A New School for Lunenburg

27 11 2011

We shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us..

This was what Winston Churchill said after the House of Commons was demolished in one of the last raids of the London blitz.

In March 2011, I wrote a Post about the Lunenburg Academy and mentioned that a new school was to be built in Lunenburg.

https://queensincanada.wordpress.com/2011/03/02/lunenburg-academy/

The new Bluenose Academy will take the pupils from Lunenburg Academy, Lunenburg High School, Centre Consolidated School and Riverport Elementary School.

Last Fall work began on the demolition of Lunenburg High School to clear the new site for the Academy.

Everything was taken away from the site by truck, apart from heaps of rubble which were used in the new foundations.

During the winter work began on the new steel structure.

The Architects of the new building are WHW from Halifax. You can see their plans for the school at their website.

http://www.whwarchitects.com/projects/current/bluenose/main.html

The building began to take shape.

Here the old Academy watches the progress.

It wasn’t too long before the insulation and cladding were  being added to the exterior.

and new windows filled the gaping holes.

A large part of the exterior shell is metal sheeting.

Black, white and red are used, just as in the old Academy.

There are solar panels to generate heat for hot water

And a wood-pellet boiler.

This building will have its critics. There will be those who attended the Academy, who feel that no new building can replace it. There will be those who were pupils at the High School, Centre School and Riverport School, who feel that these should have been kept.

I hope that this new building with a price tag of $18,000,000 will prove itself a worthy new establishment for the 21st Century and will shape the lives of its pupils.

Please leave your comments and opinions.





Lunenburg Academy

2 03 2011

The Lunenburg Academy was built between 1894-1895, after the old Academy building was destroyed by fire in 1893. It is two storeys high, with a third storey in the mansard roof. Its architecture was obviously influenced by the German settlers to Lunenburg.

The building was constructed of wood and the black and white paintwork, as well as its position on a hill overlooking the town, makes it visible from all around.

The building has many decorative features.

Both the front and rear have large projecting sections, flanked by towers.

I suppose this window at the top would be an eye-brow window, but not sure about the eye ones on either side of the window.

There are large dormer windows in the roof on each side of the towers.

The  building has 4 towers, one of them being a bell tower.

The ‘gingerbread’ decoration above doors and windows is very typical of the Victorian buildings in the town and the red shingle on the roof, help to make this a very recognisable and unique building.

The windows are all well proportioned

The entrances have these little triangular windows above them.

At night this building is even more visible from afar.

In 1984, Lunenburg Academy was designated a Provincial Heritage property.

If you would like to see inside this building go to

http://www.lunenburg.ednet.ns.ca/tour.htm

But the future of this building is unknown at the moment. The construction of a new Academy, to take the place of both Lunenburg Academy and Lunenburg High school has just begun. All the pupils from the old Academy will move to the new, modern, designed-for-the future, school.

The new Bluenose Academy will be the subject of a future Blog.