Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Cannon Platforms

Earlier today I had to make a quick visit to Fort Anne to take a look at one of the cannon platforms. No, I was not looking at the cannons this time. I was looking at the washed concrete platform that the cannons stand on. A strange activity you may rightly ask. Well, everything needs its own context.

For the past month or so the Annapolis Heritage Society has been in discussions with the Town of Annapolis Royal about the proposed resurfacing of sidewalks and curbs in sections of the community. Obviously, one of the prime concerns of the AHS is to preserve as much of the heritage integrity of our community as possible. This is especially important when the proposed construction is taking place along Lower St. George Street. With four buildings dating between 1760 and 1785, this is one of the few 18th century landscapes remaining in Canada. Thus we have been discussing various materials and plans to minimize the look of stark modern concrete sidewalks. Through all of these discussions are the ever present issues of winter maintenance and the safety of pedestrians.

This brings me to my trip to Fort Anne. One of the possibilities we discussed was a washed concrete surface where the rocks are more visible than they usually are. This provides more of the look of a gravel path (gravel or mud were actually what would have been found in the 18th century). One of the closest examples of this sort of surface were the cannon platforms at the front of the Fort.

Of course, later in the day I found the image in today's post while I was doing something else. While this platform from around 1900 is wood rather than concrete I thought that it was an interesting match to what we had been working on earlier in the day. I wonder how many photographs have been taken through the years of people posing with the cannons at Fort Anne?

All for now,
RGS

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