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Sarnia Heritage Committee Requests Help to Complete Lawrence House Restoration

By Wayne Wager, Chair, Sarnia Heritage Committee and Anne Marie Gillis, Councillor and Member of the Sarnia Heritage Committee

The Sarnia Heritage Committee is seeking community support to complete restoration and preventative maintenance of the historical Lawrence House. As a significant historical asset, maintaining the Lawrence House is a top priority of the Sarnia Heritage Committee in preserving Sarnia’s heritage. 

In addition to regular maintenance work, $100,000 has been spent this year to repair the slate roof, stained glass windows, interior water damage, exterior bargeboard walls, and most noticeably, the restoration of the classic Victorian front steps. This work has enhanced the historic Victorian splendour of the iconic Lawrence House, designated under the Ontario Heritage Act for its architectural significance and history. 

Unfortunately, 2016 funds have run out. Additional community funding would allow for the continuing restoration and maintenance of the building, most urgently the installation of Victorian style eavestroughs and downspouts to divert storm water away from the building exterior. This will prevent moisture from deteriorating the exterior walls, foundations and interior. 

After much searching, an accomplished Mennonite contractor has been identified to hand-fabricate the Victorian style mounting brackets needed to hold in place eavestrough and downspouts (much of it curved to match the roof's edge).

To fund this necessary work, the Sarnia Heritage Committee has launched a fundraising campaign for the final $10,000 needed to properly protect this year's restoration efforts and to support ongoing restoration and preventative maintenance. 

The Sarnia Heritage Committee is appealing to all community members to demonstrate their support and appreciation for this iconic part of Sarnia’s historic architecture. Charitable donations help fund this year’s restorations for future generations to appreciate.

“The Lawrence House is the iconic jewel in the crown of Sarnia's architectural and cultural achievements. Every charitable donation received for restoration is much appreciated,” explains Wayne Wager, Chair of Sarnia Heritage Committee.

The Sarnia Heritage Committee kindly asks for donations to be made by the end of October. The Committee will publicly acknowledge all community support, big or small.

Donations can be made online at www.sarnia.ca/online-services or by cheque payable to City of Sarnia, directed to:
                                  City of Sarnia
                                  Attn: Andrea Lane, Customer Service
                                  255 North Christina Street
                                 PO BOX 3018
                                 Sarnia, ON  N7T 7N2

This article was posted Wednesday, September 21, 2016 10:34 AM

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