Magazine article Anglican Journal

Building Leak Puts Church Archives at Risk; Historical Records Sustained Minor Damage

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Building Leak Puts Church Archives at Risk; Historical Records Sustained Minor Damage

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A leak in a neighbouring mechanical room has once again put the archives of the Anglican Church of Canada at risk. Four boxes of archival records sustained "minimal water damage" when a spill from the mechanical room, housed above General Synod's archives vaults. at 80 Hayden St., Toronto, seeped through a small portion of the ceiling, causing it to collapse July 10.

The records--mostly correspondence in the diocese of the Arctic during the 1960s--have since been air-dried and moved to new folders.

Water from the air-conditioning system in the mechanical room above the archives spilled through a pipe that was misaligned with the drain, according to Delta Mechanical, the company that looks after building maintenance, which inspected the leak July 13. The faulty pipe has since been realigned.

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As a precautionary measure the floor above the archives has been sealed, said General Synod archivist Nancy Hum. The insulation around the pipes, which got wet from the spill, will be replaced, along with the damaged ceiling tiles, she added.

This is the fourth time that archival material has been subject to overhead leaks, noted Ms. Hurn.

Last year, the church's national office postponed closing the deal on its then two-year-old offices in downtown Toronto, until the developer, Philmor Ltd., repaired a leaking vent in the mechanical room. The problem dragged on for six months, and last summer, staff endured a period without air conditioning, since turning it on caused water to leak into the archives vault. …

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