PERTH, ON, May 16 /CNW/ - The Ontario Heritage Trust is assuming
responsibility for the operation of two historic sites in Perth -
McMartin House and Inge-Va. Both sites are owned by the Trust, and were
previously operated by the Town of Perth under an agreement with the
McMartin House - a National Historic Site - is an 1830 Federal style
building originally constructed as a residence for one of the first
lawyers in Perth. The Trust assumed operation of the site on April 1,
and will continue a license agreement with the Senior Craft Fellowship.
The Trust has been completing conservation work and capital repairs at
the site, including: re-pointing of the historic masonry, repair of the
pressed metal shingle roofing on the cupola, conservation of the front
marble staircase, repair of historic windows and installation of new,
wood storm windows, and repair and restoration of other exterior
Built in 1824, Inge-Va is the quintessential example of an eastern
Ontario stone cottage. The Trust will assume operation of the site on
June 1, and will continue to open it during the summer as a seasonal
museum. The Trust has also undertaken conservation work and capital
repairs at Inge-Va, including: replacement of the garage roof,
replacement of gutters and downspouts, foundation repairs, re-pointing
of above-grade stone walls and chimneys, as well as repainting of
windows, porches and other wood elements.
"We are grateful for the support the Town of Perth has provided for
McMartin House and Inge-Va over the years," said Dr. Thomas H.B.
Symons, Chairman of the Ontario Heritage Trust. "We look forward to
creating new partnerships within the community to support the sites and
their operation. They are wonderful examples of the unique heritage of
The Ontario Heritage Trust received financial assistance for the
conservation work and capital repair projects at McMartin House and
Inge-Va from the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario
under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, announced last year.
The Ontario Heritage Trust is an agency of the Government of Ontario,
dedicated to identifying, preserving, protecting and promoting
Inge-Va opens for the summer season on June 11.
On June 18, both McMartin House and Inge-Va will be open for Doors Open
The Ontario Heritage Trust owns 25 built heritage sites and over 160
natural heritage properties across the province. More than 75 per cent
of these properties are operated with partners, including
municipalities, land trusts, heritage organizations and tenants.
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