Christo­pher breathes life back into Brad­dock Hall

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There is fi­nally light at the end of the tun­nel for Wayne Christo­pher’s five year long labour of love he has poured into Brad­dock Hall.

His restora­tion ef­forts at Brad­dock Hall be­gan in 2014, and even with the project grow­ing in scale, he an­tic­i­pates there is just one fi­nal sum­mer of work he needs to put into the build­ing.

“It’s alive again. I guess that’s the feel­ing that I have now. And ev­ery­thing works,” he said af­ter com­plet­ing the 2018 por­tion of his restora­tion work.

Brad­dock Hall is the last stand­ing build­ing in Brad­dock, lo­cated east of Wy­mark, just off High­way 721 be­tween Range Road 3111 and 3110. When he be­gan his restora­tion work, there was a 15 cen­time­tre lean to the vin­tage 1927 build­ing.

“It’s bet­ter than I thought it would,” he said of the in­tegrity of the struc­ture. “It’s ac­quired a lit­tle bit of a lean to the east… but it’s not bad.”

“I’m pretty happy with the way its turned out. There’s been many days here where the air has been pretty blue, but there have been a lot of days here where it has been fun to be here. It’s a trade off.”

Christo­pher again helped or­ga­nize the Har­vest Stomp at the Hall on Satur­day to con­tinue a long stand­ing end of har­vest cel­e­bra­tion.

“That was the main rea­son for do­ing this. This was some­thing that they did years ago, at the end of har­vest they all got to­gether and they cel­e­brated the end of har­vest. So when Brad­dock ceased to be in ex­is­tence, that tra­di­tion died.”

He ad­mits his orig­i­nal vi­sion for the build­ing has been met, but he keeps ex­pand­ing his work.

“I’m one of those peo­ple that had a vi­sion for the build­ing. And then the fur­ther into the project I got, the big­ger the vi­sion be­came. You fin­ish one lit­tle thing, and I thought ‘I’ve got an idea’, and then I ended up with a ‘honey do’ list as long as this ta­ble.”

“I was hop­ing to be able to fin­ish it this year. But I’m 70 years old and I just don’t have the stamina for those long days,” he chuck­les. “But next year…”

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