New look for Green­field hall

The Glengarry News - - Front Page - BY STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON News Staff

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.

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