Heritage Award was presented to Melanie Baker-Brown for the beautiful design and refurbishment of the Cline House Gallery on Second St The Cline House is a designated heritage property built in the late 1850s for Samuel Cline, a prominent merchant, and businessman. It remained in the Cline family until 1955 when the Cornwall Public Library Board purchased the building and land and served as a library until the new library moved to its’ present location. The building has undergone changes and alterations but the solidly built red brick façade and some interior architectural features of the era remain.
Heritage Award presented to the Normand Peladeau Family and Alain Lanthier.
The Peladeau Family purchased the former St. Lisieux School repurposing the building and renovated the interior to turn it into a premier retirement facility for the seniors in our community, calling it Valley Garden Cornwall. Repurposing heritage buildings, for example, Churches and schools that have closed for various reasons are much more economical and environmentally sustainable and the buildings can be used for generations to come.
Normand Peladeau and Alain Lanthier also purchased the former East Front School overlooking the St Lawrence River. They are renovating and refurbishing the interior, naming it the Riverfront Retirement Centre. The “The Little Red School House” as it was known, was built in 1934 and housed public school children in the eastern portions of the city. It was added onto in the 1980s and ’90s. Mr. Peladeau and Mr. Lanthier have preserved the façade of the 1934 building, reconfigured the windows, but it has remained a part of the new development.
Sean Adams and his father before him have always maintained the building repointing the brickwork and replacing crumbling window surrounds, seeking out original materials.
He has done some Interior renovation and maintenance, refinishing the original floors, woodwork and adding heritage fixtures and hardware reminiscent of the era the residence was built.
He keeps the gardens and grounds of the property immaculate and well groomed. The house was built in1874 in the Italianate style by WilliamMattice,a prominent figure in Cornwall’s history.
The frame house was built in1886 by Duncan Munroe who constructed a number of homes on the west side of Sydney Stand south of Fifth St. He rented them to employees. They were featured in the Cornwall Old Boys Reunion of 1906 as the “Munroe Cottages.” After Duncan Munroe’s death, the people living in the houses could buy them for $9000.
Built in 1814 and heritage designated in 1987, Chesley’s Inn, Cornwall’s first Inn has been brought back to life as its original purpose thanks to Mr. Robert Prowse who has worked relentlessly to rehabilitate it into a Bed and Breakfast. Cornwall’s first Inn was owned by the Chesley family. The family was prominent in Cornwall during the nineteenth century, producing shopkeepers, innkeepers, and even a former mayor of Cornwall. The structure is a wonderful example of Georgian architecture.
The second award was presented to the board of the Boys and Girls Club who bought and refurbished the historic Church of the Good Shepherd, an Anglican parish, in 2008. The church is believed to be “Gothic Revival” with other styles apparent. It has an attached wooden parish hall, which was the original Church built by Rev. Cannon J.J. Mountain in 1886. The Church of the Good Shepherd had its’ last service on July 4, 2004 after 118 years. The church was the spiritual foundation for generations of families.
In 2005 the old school was demolished but the new school was built on the same historical site in the centre of the town and designed by Kingston’s Colbourne and Kembel. Rhonda Horne-McQuay was the principal architect on the project and charged with the task of designing a new school that incorporated the historical façade. The school is heritage designated for the surviving structural elements from the 1931 addition to the front façade of the building which complements aspects of the 1883 design. The portion that was saved is shown above. It is now part of the internal entrance and exit to the school library, also shown above.
In 1896, a Pitt St businessman named Gordon Phillips purchased property on the adjacent street in Cornwall for the sum of $700. Mr. Phillips ad his beautiful home at 229 Sydney St constructed that same year by Ross Construction Company. Mr Phillips owned a business that dealt with home furnishings, with newspaper adds boasting that he “sold the best lines of stoves and is known for varieties of kitchen and cooking utensils” He also was a tinsmith and did plumbing work on the side., having installed many furnaces in churches, public buildings and private homes in Cornwall.
Today the “Phillips House” is one of Sydney Streets most glamorous homes, possessing nearly all of its’ original features. The house has since been painted an eye-catching shade of blue, giving it one more reason to stand out on the street.