Due to this building’s historical significance, GO Transit decided to restore the old Aurora railway station to its turn-of-the-century appearance. This track-side historical restoration project involved the temporary relocation of the structure in order to construct a new concrete foundation due to the original wood post foundation no longer being suitable to withstand the mass of the building. Once the foundation was constructed, the building was moved back to its original location and restoration work could then take place. Some of the restoration work included the complete replacement of the tongue and groove ceiling that could not be salvaged due to water damage and restoration of board and batten exterior walls which were clad with a retrofit wall system. The original exterior colours of red oxide, green and yellow were verified through careful scraping of many layers of paint throughout the exterior restoration process. Now in the role of a modern GO Transit commuter station, this beautiful heritage building will serve the travelling public for many years to come.
Owner: GO Transit
Consultant: Ferguson Ferguson Architects