Gravenhurst Announces Build Heritage Awards
The Town of Gravenhurst Municipal Heritage Committee reports that they have been very active this summer with plaque unveiling’s and awards presentations
On August 10, the Municipal Heritage Committee, members of Council and members of the public gathered onboard the Wenonah II to celebrate the plaque unveiling of the Narrows Lighthouse. Located on Lake Muskoka, the Narrows Lighthouse has been a vital navigation tool for boaters for many decades. When this icon was scheduled for a face lift, the Municipal Heritage Committee worked with the Town of Gravenhurst and the Canadian Coast Guard to ensure that the heritage look and feel of the lighthouse was preserved during the much needed retrofit.
On September 9, the Committee celebrated the designation of Church of Our Lady, Southwood. .
Lastly, the Committee was busy handing out the 2018 edition of the Built Heritage Awards. Here's the full list of 2018 recipients
• Simcoe Residence (320 Farquhar Street)
• Gravenhurst Plumbing, Heating & Electric
(210 Brock Street)
• Johnathan Bullock Pottery (210 First Street)
• Rickshaw Restaurant (350 Muskoka Road South)
• Auburn Gallery (260 Bay Street)
• Lindsell House (190 Mary Street North)
• 795 John Street, Murdoch residence
“The Municipal Heritage Committee recognizes built heritage as recent projects which are culturally significant, aesthetically pleasing, are of good quality and craftsmanship or projects that restore a building’s heritage features,” explained Hank Smith, former Municipal Heritage Committee Chair. “This Award is a way of recognizing projects that exemplify Gravenhurst’s Built Heritage and promoting high quality projects that otherwise may go unnoticed.”
The Built Heritage Award Program has been in place since 2013 and nominations are selected through the Municipal Heritage Committee. Since its inception, the Committee has awarded over 25 Built Heritage Awards to properties across the municipality.
The Committee now looks forward to their annual Doors Open Ontario event, set for Saturday September 29, 2018. This year 12 properties, a historic walking tour and the screening of the Lost Airmen of Muskoka Project (LAMP) film are key components that visitors can enjoy.
For more information on the Municipal Heritage Committee and their programs and events, please visit www.gravenhurst.ca/heritage