October 02, 2016
408 York Avenue, Winnipeg
Join us for a free 90-minute tour led by architectural historian Abi Auld. Abi is currently working on a research project about this important building material which will be presented in a book and exhibit in 2017.
Tyndall Stone is used as an ornamental building stone in many cities in Canada and the United States. It is a light brown, fossil-bearing limestone that has darker coloured branching streaks called trace fossils. While there are many limestones used as building stone in North America, Tyndall Stone is unique.
Tyndall Stone is quarried at Garson, Manitoba, about 40 km northeast of Winnipeg. It was first discovered in the area around 1894, when a farmer came upon the mottled limestone while digging a well. The first large quarry was opened by William Garson in 1898. Gillis Quarries Limited began quarrying there in 1915, and the fourth generation of this family-owned business is still at it today
The tour route is fully accessible for wheelchairs, strollers and bicycles.
7 SEPTEMBER 2016 AT 7:00 PM
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