City assists church project

Mayor Rob Sawatzky has honoured St. James Catholic Church on 27th Street

A Vernon landmark has been recognized for its historical significance.

Mayor Rob Sawatzky has honoured St. James Catholic Church on 27th Street for its restoration work as part of the city’s heritage grant program.

“It’s great to see St. James Church’s commitment to preserving this important historical structure,” said Sawatzky.

In 2012, city council awarded a heritage restoration grant of $5,000 to assist with significant restoration work to the exterior of the church.

Built between 1908 and 1910 at a cost of $14,000, St. James Church was described in the Vernon News as, “one of the handsomest edifices of its kind in the Interior.”

The building, which has a Gothic revival style is 92 feet in length, 44 feet in width and 100 feet high, with a steeple surmounting its central tower.

James Barnet, an Australian architect who immigrated to the Okanagan, designed the church. The first contractor was W. R. Megaw.

The city’s heritage restoration grant program applies to properties listed on heritage registry. It assists owners with the cost of restoring the exterior, foundations and roof structures.

 

Applications for grants are to be submitted to the city prior to March 30 each year.