City of Vernon Mayor Rob Sawatzky (right) posed with (from left) Buddy the English bulldog

City of Vernon Mayor Rob Sawatzky (right) posed with (from left) Buddy the English bulldog

Couple keeps heritage in home

A Vernon couple’s attention to detail in preserving their more than 100-year-old home has earned accolades.

A Vernon couple’s attention to detail in preserving their more than 100-year-old home has earned accolades.

Mark Jones and Lori Anne Glazin live at 3001 – 25th Street, in a home that was built in 1904, and they have made great strides to restore the old-charm of the structure. For that, the city has recognized their efforts.

“This beautiful historic home is framed by wonderful foliage. One can see the attention to detail that Mark and Lori Anne have taken in painting the turned pillars on the covered porch. Details like those and the beaver tail and diamond cedar shingles give this historic home its charm,” said Vernon Mayor Rob Sawatzky.

The home was originally built for the Russell family by John Russell and William “Billy” Inkster. Both men were journeyman stonecutters and stonemasons formerly from Scotland. John’s wife Emma was the daughter of the Governor of Virginia. Russell had also been the superintendent of the stonecutters on construction of the Parliament buildings in Victoria.

The house features turned pillars on the covered porch. Beaver tail and diamond cedar shingles accent the exterior along with a prominent gable and clear leaded windows. In recent years residents enjoyed afternoon tea when operated as a gift shop/tea house.

In August 2012, the city presented the heritage plaque, in recognition of the heritage significance of the building. The plaque is embedded into the brick wall located at the right front of the home along 25th Street, where it can be viewed by the public.

A restoration grant of $4,700 was awarded by the city in October 2009.

Vernon City Council has established, and provides, funds for the Heritage Restoration Grant Program. The program applies to properties listed on the Vernon Heritage Register in order to assist owners with the cost of restoring the exterior, foundations and roof structures of heritage buildings.

Applications are to be submitted prior to March 30 each year. Submissions are reviewed by the Heritage Advisory Committee; then they provide their recommendations to city council for their consideration. Council awards grants based upon compliance with the grant program criteria, recommendation from the Heritage Advisory Committee and funding availability.