Updated 06/13/2012 06:20 PM
Buffalo crew helping repair Singer Castle
One of the 1000 Islands big tourism stops is undergoing some repairs. The stone around Singer Castle's Tea Room has seen better days. Now a Buffalo company has come in to cut stone and fix the pillars and archways. As our Brian Dwyer reports, the workers say it's one of the coolest jobs they've ever done.
To view our videos, you need to
install Adobe Flash 9 or above. Install now.
Then come back here and refresh the page.
DARK ISLAND, N.Y. -- Cutting stone is nothing new for David Phair. Cutting stone for a popular historic castle, that's a different story.
"With all the tours coming and stuff, everybody's watching you work, which makes you a little nervous, but it's pretty cool," said David Phair of Raymond E. Kelley, Inc. "Something you can always tell everybody."
Phair and another employee from Raymond E. Kelley in Buffalo have been at Singer Castle for a few weeks now, cutting the stone to fit into the window archways and also for the supporting pillars. This part of the castle has seen its better days.
"That end of the building was in jeopardy of possibly falling because of the cement failing. With putting in new Indiana Limestone, it'll never get to that point again," Dark Island Tours President Thomas Weldon said.
Weldon says getting the work done before it got any worse is important for two reasons. The first being historic preservation, especially of the famous Singer Castle Tea Room.
"It's the most impressive room in the castle," he said. "People love to be in the Tea Room. We have a lot of small receptions in that room and small functions also."
But there's also safety, especially for those who stay the night.
"Our Royal Suite, when you stay overnight, is right on top of that Tea Room," Weldon said. "It's very important for us in two ways to have all those pillars up and nice."
Now these guys are able to finish a whole arch and a pillar in about a week. That's pretty impressive. They say they'll be here about two more months to finish the job.
"To represent our company for all the people who are going to be here and it and stuff like that. A lot of people will be looking at it for years to come," Phair said.
And for Phair that means it's more cool than nerve wracking.
Tom Weldon says it's amazing that the castle's owners, three men who live in Germany, think so highly of the building that they are making sure it is in top shape.