Shawn Walker from the Historical Society of South Dundas says a building in Iroquois that predates the war of 1812 needs some serious restorations before it can be used as a community space.
Walker, the organization’s Vice President, says in order to receive the money to restore the “Forward House”, the organization needs to get the most votes in an online contest hosted by the National Trust of Canada, called “Next Great Save.”
“Right now,” he says, “we’re sitting around sixth place. We’re sitting about 7,000 votes behind the leader right now. There’s two [projects] that are running in the 9,500-9,800 range, and we’re sitting at around the 2,800 range, so we really could use listeners’ help to get a real push on.”
Walker says the renovations are important to make the facility safe to use as a community space.
“The home itself, the interior has needed to be gutted because of environmental and health factors, such as asbestos. And, something we didn’t know prior, horse hair-based mortar and plaster is toxic, so it had to be removed,” he explains. “So there’s a lot of remediation that needs to be done to get the house to be a safe and healthy environment to have a social space, to have as a workspace.”
The Historical Society is one of ten finalist candidates in the contest run by the National Trust, a charity that helps fund projects like this all over the country.
You can cast votes and read about the nominees here. Voting is open until February 22nd, and you can vote once a day. Walker says you can visit the Historical Society of South Dundas’ Facebook page to learn more about the organization.