14 New Heritage Projects
Funding for 14 community heritage projects was approved by the Heritage Legacy Fund board on Friday, April 20, 2012. Ten of the approved grants will go toward conservation work on historic buildings, and four will support historic interpretation through signage.
The maximum grant is $25,000 and two projects, both in Vancouver, received this amount. The Green Thumb Players Society is heading up a creative project to rejuvenate Carleton School as a theatre performance venue. Carleton School Number One is the city’s oldest surviving school, but has been at risk every since a disastrous fire a few years ago. The funds will go toward repairs of the school roof, siding, windows and doors.
The Japanese Language School and Hall in Vancouver’s East End is engaged in an ambitious project to rehabilitate their 1928 building as a day care facility and interpretation centre. Several years ago the JLSH entered into a covenant with the City of Vancouver to restore the street facade, and the Heritage Legacy Fund $25,000 grant will go toward that objective.
Other grants went to a wide range of projects, from a designated log chapel in Duncan to a community hall on Denman Island and Bevoulin Historic Church in Kelowna. Many grant applications continue to be for basic maintenance and repair that has been deferred for lack of funds, and many projects would not proceed without essential Heritage Legacy Fund assistance.
Foundation repair of the Denman Island Community Hall
New roof for the Cathedral Church of St. Michael & All Angels, Kelowna
Roof replacement for Benvoulin Heritage Church, Kelowna
Exterior restoration of Queen Margaret’s School Chapel, Duncan
Exterior repairs and roof replacement, Carleton School House, Vancouver
Roof replacement of First Metropolitan United Church, Victoria
Façade restoration of the Japanese Language School building, Vancouver
Roof replacement of Newman Farm, Central Saanich
Re-roofing of Zion United Church, Armstrong
Re-roofing of St. Andrews United Church, Nanaimo
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