High River’s local history, unique architecture and significant people shared at open house

HIGH RIVER, AB: The Town of High River is inviting all history buffs, town historians and residents to come and learn more about the town’s beautiful historic homes at a public open house for Phase II of the Residential Heritage Inventory Project. The open house will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Munroe Barn at Sheppard Family Park.

“As we move into the next stage of this project, we are now able to present details on the properties that have been selected and share some of the consultant’s findings,” said Jill Henheffer, planning coordinator for the Town of High River. “This is also a chance for residents to share any other details about the properties that may have been overlooked.”

Last spring the Town launched the project by hosting an open house to discuss and seek out information on over 40 residential properties with potential for inclusion. Following the event, a comprehensive ranking process resulted in a final list of 20 properties. The Town’s consultants worked throughout the summer to conduct the required technical research and evaluation of each site.

The results of their research have now been compiled into draft Statements of Significance that clearly outline the important features and elements of each property.

“We’re inviting all residents to please join us to learn about some of the unique architecture and significant people that contribute to the special character of High River. We are also hoping that residents can provide us with any interesting nuggets of information and make sure we haven’t missed anything,” says Henheffer.

All materials will be on display for attendees to browse at their leisure, as there will be no formal presentation or program scheduled.

“Come on out, enjoy some refreshments, share your memories, and help us celebrate and commemorate these important ‘pioneers’ in our community,” Henheffer added.

For further details about this open house, please contact either Merinda Conley of Community Design Strategies Inc. at (403) 277-1117 (cds.inc@telus.net) or Jill Henheffer, Planning Coordinator, Town of High River, at (403) 603-3407 (jhenheffer@highriver.ca ).

Phase I of the project, conducted in 2012, identified 20 commercial and residential properties in the downtown area as having historic significance to the town. Phase II of the project is focused on mostly residential properties west of the downtown core.