New look for Greenfield hall
The former Kenyon Township hall in Greenfield is undergoing a facelift thanks to North Glengarry Township’s Community Improvement Plan (CIP).
At its most recent meeting, North Glengarry council approved $6,380.18 in community grants for the building, which is owned by the Glengarry Pioneer Museum and is located at 1645 County Road 30.
The grants will enable the museum to repoint the stone work on the entire west street-facing wall, repair the west wall of the chimney, and complete painting work.
Also, the money will pay for some public art – namely, two black and white photo decals depicting Glengarry pioneers, which will be installed in two windows on the building’s south side.
The other two windows already feature sim- ilar art, as do the two windows facing the road. It will also fund a cast aluminum plaque that will describe the building’s historical significance.
Outside of CIP funding, the museum will place a window decal featuring a photo of the Greenfield Church above the building’s main door. There will also be a decal that shows museum contact information and hours of operation.
Although the CIP grants total $6,380.16, the total rehabilitation project will cost almost $18,500. The museum’s curator, Jennifer Black, says that the stonework is quite costly and that the CIP grant will only cover a certain amount. “They gave us the maximum,” she said. The building dates back to 1862. For many years, it served as the Kenyon Township Hall and council chambers until amalgamation created North Glengarry Township in 1998. At that
point, the Dunvegan museum took ownership by way of the Glengarry Historical Society. The structure is the only North Glengarry building to be recognized by the Canadian Encyclopedia for its architectural significance.
The building is currently being used as the museum’s winter office and as a storage archive for local history.
The plaque will recount that in 1862, Kenyon Township paid local resident Lachlan McGillis two pounds and ten shillings for drawing plans for the new building. Roderick McMillan erected the hall using locally quarried limestone.
The walls are two and a half feet thick. The original interior was lost in a fire in 1895.
BIG CANVAS: The former Kenyon Township in Greenfield is being used as a storage archive and an art piece by the Glengarry Pioneer Museum. The windows are being used as canvases to showcase historical photos of Glengarry.