Part of Bishop’s House might be de­mol­ished

Seaway News - - South Glengarry News -

ST. RAPHAEL’S, On­tario – South Glen­garry’s Her­itage Com­mit­tee is con­sid­er­ing a plan from the Glen­garry Fen­ci­bles Trust who want to de­mol­ish a part of the his­toric Bishop’s House.

Built in 1808, the house is one of the old­est struc­tures still stand­ing in the prov­ince. An as­sess­ment made of the build­ing in 2005 rec­om­mended that the North and East­ern sec­tions of the build­ing built in 1939 be de­mol­ished.

The re­port stated that these sec­tions were poorly con­structed and in­cluded a large area that was not built on a foun­da­tion. These sec­tions also have as­phalt roofs that are badly de­te­ri­o­rat­ing.

“By get­ting rid of all of this we are go­ing to be able to im­prove the drainage in the back,” said Brenda Bax­ter of the Glen­garry Fen­ci­bles Trust.

The Trust hopes to make the de­mo­li­tion in the fall.

They have raised $450,000 for the Bishop’s House im­prove­ment projects. So far, $250,000 has been spent on fix­ing the roof and re­mov­ing

(Nick Seebruch/ TC Me­dia).

un­sym­pa­thetic al­ter­ations to the build­ing.

The Her­itage Com­mit­tee will send a rec­om­men­da­tion to the Town­ship of South Glen­garry Council on the pro­posed de­mo­li­tion, the council will then ei­ther ap­prove or move to block the project.

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