The City of Charlottetown celebrated Heritage Day on Tuesday, February 21 with an event that included the unveiling of an outdoor exhibit celebrating Charlottetown’s National Historic Sites and an awards ceremony to honour individuals or organizations in the community who have worked hard to preserve and celebrate municipal heritage.
"The City of Charlottetown has a rich history and one that we hope can be preserved for future generations," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. "It’s important that we continue to recognize the people who are passionate about our history. We cannot preserve or restore it alone, and we appreciate the dedication of those individuals who have worked hard to ensure we can continue to celebrate our heritage."
The Heritage awards were presented to the following individuals/groups:
• Firouz Aghdasi for the extraordinary renovations of his 1870 commercial building at 32 Queen Street/71 Water Street.
• Angus Orford and Karen Rose for the historically sensitive refurbishment of 96 Prince Street, Houle House.
• Seacross Inc. for their efforts in ensuring the historic façade design was acknowledged during renovations undertaken at 150 Queen Street/99 Grafton Street, DesBrisay Block/Apothecaries Hall, National Historic Site.
• Robertson Library, UPEI for the development of Islandarchives.ca a collection of online research tools which has made a significant contribution to the City’s collective heritage.
• Joaquim da Fonseca for his many years of masonry restoration and his efforts in ensuring the preservation of many of the City’s masonry buildings.
• The Catherine Hennessey Award, established in 2011 to honour the long-time historian, author, and heritage activist, was presented to Red Sands Development for conversion of the former Notre Dame Convent, 246 Sydney Street, to the Sydney Boutique Inn and Suites.
"Our Planning and Heritage staff should also be commended for their work to preserve and celebrate our history," said Councillor Greg Rivard, Chair of the City’s Planning and Heritage Committee. "They put a lot of work into our Heritage Day activities and our Heritage exhibits, and it doesn’t go unnoticed."
During the Heritage Day event, Dr. Edward MacDonald, Chair of the History Department at the University of Prince Edward Island, author and popular speaker, gave a brief talk on the significance of the City’s National Historic Sites.
An exhibit, entitled "National Treasures: Charlottetown’s National Historic Sites" was also revealed. The pop-up gallery will be featured in the storefront windows of the Planning and Heritage Department at 233 Queen Street. Historic images and interpretation will be on exhibit in the space for a month. The pop-up display offers the public an opportunity to learn about the City’s history, while enjoying all that the downtown has to offer. Watch for other exhibits in the space throughout the year.
Each of the 11 National Historic Sites will also be featured one at a time on the City’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CityofCharlottetown, beginning February 21.
For more information about Heritage Day 2017, contact the Planning and Heritage Department at: 902-629-4158.
Photo cutline: Angus Orford and Karen Rose accept a Heritage Day award for the historically sensitive refurbishment of 96 Prince Street, Houle House.
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