CENTRE WELLINGTON - Heritage Centre Wellington has awarded three properties in the community with Heritage Recognition Awards.
The awards kicked off Heritage Week which is a country-wide celebration of heritage in all its forms including cultural and natural, architectural, archaeological and collections, its diverse traditions and cultural expressions. Heritage Week runs from Feb. 17 to 23.
In a press release, Mayor Kelly Linton said Centre Wellington is rich in local heritage.
“We are blessed to have the ability to appreciate our heritage on a daily basis simply by walking through our historical downtowns and neighbourhoods,” Linton said. “We are especially fortunate to have a committee that is rich in historical knowledge and passionate about heritage conservation.”
Three properties built in the 19th century were awarded:
- 37 McNab St. in Elora was given the Adaptive Reuse Using Sustainable Design Award. The log structure at 37 McNab St. is an early example of a pre-Confederation one storey schoolhouse. The new owner incorporated the existing building into a new “green” passive solar energy-saving home. The award was given to Allen Remley from Remley Homes and the builder, Quantum Passivhaus.
- The Heritage Property Conservation Award went to the Elora Mill Hotel & Spa. The limestone building on the Grand River is a signature sight of Elora. It was acquired by Pearle Hospitality who spent six years revitalizing the property, Building on its 150-year-old foundation and stone walls, applying original craftsmanship and raw materials, it reopened July 2018.
- 310 Union St. in Fergus received the Heritage Property Restoration Award. The building is a two-storey Italianate style dwelling built in 1865 with cut stone, medium gable roof, large quoins and front bay window addition. The previous owners carried out renovations to the exterior of the house which restored the deteriorating original fascia and soffits. The roof was completely rebuilt as well as period correct shutters and storm windows.
According to a press release, Centre Wellington takes immense pride in its roots and stands together with individual property owners who are committed to protecting heritage for future generations.
“Heritage Day is a time to reflect on the achievements of past generations and to accept responsibility for protecting our heritage,” said Philip Brown, Heritage Centre Wellington committee member. “These awards publicly recognize the efforts that have been made to conserve heritage in Centre Wellington.”