Home­own­ers hon­oured for her­itage work

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - PROVINCIAL - BY DANIEL MACEACH­ERN dmaceach­[email protected]­gram.com Twit­ter: @DanMacEach­ern

Two down­town St. John’s houses — one for­merly con­demned and the other a new in­fill con­struc­tion in the Bat­tery — were given her­itage awards at Mon­day’s city coun­cil meet­ing.

Coun. Sandy Hick­man, cochair­man of the city’s her­itage com­mit­tee, said the awards rec­og­nize work done by prop­erty own­ers in the city’s his­toric ar­eas.

“To­gether with th­ese won­der­ful cit­i­zens, we’re pre­serv­ing and pro­tect­ing our her­itage with the homes and build­ings that have lit­er­ally wit­nessed the his­tory of St. John’s,” said Hick­man.

Mor­ris Reid bought the con­demned house at 32 Queen’s Rd. in 2008, and re­stored its mid-19th cen­tury struc­ture, which pre- dates the Great Fire of 1892.

“I started this project over six years ago,” said Reid. “Sev­eral times I had no idea if it would ever come to an end. It’s still not ended, but I think I can see the light at the end of the tun­nel.”

Wayne and Vir­ginia Hal­ley, own­ers of 53 Bat­tery Rd., de­mol­ished an older prop­erty to make room for a new sin­gle-fam­ily home, and had to meet the area’s her­itage re­quire­ments.

“It was a lit­tle bit of a chal­lenge in the build,” said Wayne Hal­ley. “We had some dif­fi­cul­ties get­ting the foun­da­tion started. But once we got that mov­ing, ev­ery­thing went well.”

Hal­ley also thanked other res­i­dents of the Bat­tery for “putting up” with the year-and-a-half-long con­struc­tion.

“You’ve shown how one can go into an old, his­toric area of this city and cre­ate a new build which com­ple­ments and en­hances the spirit of what has been there for four or five hun­dred years,” said Mayor Den­nis O’Keefe.

It’s still not ended, but I think I can see the light at the end of the tun­nel.

Mor­ris Read

KEITH GOSSE/THE TELE­GRAM

This house at 32 Queen's Road has been given a her­itage award from the city of St. John's. The house has been re­stored its mid-19th cen­tury struc­ture, which pre­dates the Great Fire of 1892.

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