Barrie committee recognizes heritage properties and town crier
Barrie Town Crier Steve Travers announces to the Santa Claus parade is about to begin. Mark Wanzel /The Barrie Examiner File/ QMI
The second annual Barrie Heritage Preservation Awards were handed out at Monday night's city council meeting.
"They're to recognize those in the city who have helped preserve the true heritage of Barrie," said Dr. Michael Johns, who presented the awards in the Council Chamber.
Mayor Jeff Lehman also lauded the efforts of the award winners.
"I know that restoring an historic building. . .if anyone ever thinks that someone does it for the money, you have another thing coming. You do it from passion.
"It is what keeps the history of our community alive."
In addition to property owners, Barrie town crier Steve Travers was also honoured.
"His tours are the best living history you can imagine," Lehman said.
Barrie Heritage Preservation Awards Presented by the Heritage Barrie Committee:
Grand Home Category -
- Recipient Sandra Barrett, - 130 Collier St. ( This Victorian Style Home adds to the street-scape on Collier Street. The committee noted the excellent maintenance and improvements that are sensitive to the heritage features of the property)
Designated Grand Home Category
- Recipients George and Lee Elliot - 72 High St. (This property, known as Maplehurst, is designated for its architectural and historical significance. The house was built by Nathanial Dyment for his son Simon in 1883. The Dyments were a prominent local family, with a number of local business interests and who were known as sports enthusiasts. This Victorian Gothic-style house is an important component of the street-scape. The current owners are commended for their commitment to maintaining a designated heritage building in the city).
- Recipient: Aaron Harnden, interim principal, Unity Christian School- 25 Burton Ave. ( The Former King Edward School as built in 1906. The original building, which has since been added to, is described as being of an eight-room centre hall school house plan which was popular at the beginning of the 20th century. The committee recognizes the value of the ongoing use of the building as a school which continues to play an important role in the Allandale community.)
- Recipient Dr. Adam Tan - 149 Bayfield St. (This building built about 1908 by John McIntosh, who was a lawyer and mayor of Orillia before moving to Barrie. The building is representative of the Edwardian classicism, which was increasing in popularity at the time. The building was recently renovated for a dental office with additions and improvements which the committee recognized for its compatibility with the original structure, and it adds to the street-scape.)
- Steve Travers - Barrie's Town Crier - (the Town Crier has and continues to bring the city’s past to life through appearance at a variety of events and through offering guided heritage walking tours in the city)