A historic City landmark will be restored thanks to the generous gift of an anonymous donor.
Saint John Common Council passed a resolution accepting the gift at its April 29, 2013 meeting.
The work will include:
• installing new supports and flooring on the second level;
• cleaning and restoring the copper roof;
• installing a granite slab and rolling ladder for access to the second level;
• painting, sandblasting and cleaning of the structure and fittings;
• upgrading electrical, lighting and ventilation; and,
• refurbishing the fountain.
“We are undergoing a renaissance and revitalizing our urban core. Kings Square is a key link to our past and a vital part of our future,” said Saint John Mayor Mel Norton. “The bandstand was a generous gift from the City Coronet Band and thanks to this generous gift, this icon of the City will once again be a source of entertainment and culture in the heart of our Uptown.”
Work is expected to begin early May.
The bandstand in King's Square was donated to the citizens of Saint John by the City Cornet Band in 1908. The City Coronet Band was formed in 1847 and was one of the city's foremost marching bands. It remained in existence until 1986.