Provincial boost for recovery of flood-damaged heritage sites

Once home to two pioneering physicians, the Crawford residence is one of 12 grant recipients
Once home to two pioneering physicians, the Crawford residence is one of 12 grant recipients

[break][break][break][break][break][break][break][break][break]Owners of heritage properties damaged during the June 2013 flooding are getting a boost from the province with grants to help preserve these historic sites.

“Albertans take immense pride in the rich history of this province and in the historic buildings and sites that bring that history to life. The work to recover from the devastating flooding of 2013 continues and we are proud to partner with individuals and organizations that are working to preserve these incredible historic resources for future generations.”

~ Heather Klimchuk, Minister of Culture

More than $800,000 in special heritage conservation funding will be provided to 12 eligible flood recovery projects in Medicine Hat, Calgary, the M.D. of Foothills and High River. Grants are provided through Alberta Culture’s Grant Program for the Conservation of Flood Impacted Historic Resources. A complete list of grant recipients and projects is available online and includes:

Noble Residence/Nurses Residence (High River) grant amount: $10,160

Built in 1909 by contractor Billy Wakefield, the stately Queen Anne structure was home to the family of John Noble, a local farmer and financier. From 1934 to 1955, the building provided accommodations for nurses working at the High River Hospital. The building was later converted back to a family residence.

Robert and Mary Taylor Residence (Calgary) grant amount: $217,540

The Robert and Mary Taylor Residence, built in 1912, is a two-storey Classical Revival style dwelling faced in red brick and trimmed with rough-faced sandstone. The house is architecturally significant as one of the more substantial, high-quality and stylistically prominent houses in the community. Features such as the wood-shingle detailing and tapered veranda supports contribute to the attractiveness and visual interest of the residence, part of an early 20th century residential streetscape along the Elbow River.

McKenzie Sharland Grocery (Medicine Hat) grant amount: $63,000

Constructed in 1912, the McKenzie Sharland Grocery was part of the development that occurred in Medicine Hat’s River Flats neighbourhood. Built near the thriving local clay, milling, glassware, and greenhouse industries, the building represents the growth and evolution of the community and the integration of commercial buildings into the community’s residential neighbourhoods.

Announced in January 2014, the program provides access to $4.5 million in grants to help owners and stewards of designated historic resources with flood rebuilding efforts in southern Alberta. An additional $6 million in conservation assistance was also allocated to help flood-impacted museums and archives, through the Alberta Museums Association and the Archives Society of Alberta.

Details of the Grant Program for the Conservation of Flood Impacted Historic Resources, including guidelines and application forms are available online.

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