Christopher breathes life back into Braddock Hall
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…”