Rob Sawatzky

Rob Sawatzky

Heritage enthusiasts earn special honour

Mayor Rob Sawatzky says he’s impressed with the work Dan and Deborah Stuart have done on their residence at 1800 32nd Ave.

A Vernon couple is being recognized for preserving the community’s architectural heritage.

Mayor Rob Sawatzky says he’s impressed with the work Dan and Deborah Stuart have done on their residence at 1800 32nd Ave.

“The upkeep on a home like this takes quite a commitment. It’s great to see the Stuart’s dedication to heritage in our community,” said Sawatzky.

In 2012, the city presented the Stuarts with a heritage plaque, while council awarded a heritage restoration grant of $3,000 in 2005.

The house place is linked to T. E. Crowell, a developer and civic leader from 1891 to 1918.

He was responsible for such important brick buildings as Park School, the Vernon Armouries, Central School and the CPR station.

Crowell also served as alderman, fire chief and on the board of trade.

Crowell built the house for himself in 1910 and it was also home to H. K. Beairsto, a long-time principal, after whom Central Elementary was renamed.

Beairsto served on the Vernon Jubilee Hospital board, was vice-president of Vernon Rotary and helped establish the Okanagan Regional Library branch in Vernon. He also received the 1964 Good Citizen award.

The city’s heritage restoration grant program is for properties listed on the heritage register in order to assist owners with the cost of restoring the exterior, foundations and roof structures of buildings.

Applications are to be submitted prior to March 30 each year.