The City of London along with Mayor Matt Brown, Peter Fragiskatos Member of Parliament for London North Centre, Kate Young Member of Parliament for London West and special guest Doctor Michael Bartlett, Vice Chair of the National History Committee of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, joined members of the Blackfriars community on the west side of the bridge to say “bon voyage” to the 142-year-old wrought iron bowstring arch-truss bridge.
“There’s no doubt of the historical significance of Blackfriars Bridge. This rehabilitation project is an important investment in the historical value of our city and in the preservation of a cultural landmark for our community. We appreciate the federal government’s generosity in helping us rehabilitate Blackfriars Bridge not just for today, but for future generations as well," says Mayor Matt Brown.
As we approach the next stage of its removal and rehabilitation process, the City of London wanted to create an opportunity for locals to gather and reflect on the history of the bridge, sip hot chocolate from a local tea shop and get a closer look at the lattice railing; a Victorian feature which will be salvaged and reused as part of the rehabilitated structure.
“Blackfriars Bridge is a beloved landmark in the heart of our community,” says Councillor Tanya Park, Ward 13. “The neighbourhood is so thankful for the thoughtful approach to preserving the heritage of the bridge and look forward to being able to use it once more. I look forward to the completion of the project so Londoners can access the downtown in a safe, beautiful and accessible way.”
Below is a recap video of the November 16 event: