The John McKenzie House Slate Roof Project has begun!
The restoration team mobilized on-site in early April to begin raising the scaffolding. By early May, the house was surrounded by an impressive scaffold system and the roofers had begun demolishing the existing asphalt shingle roof and laying the waterproof membrane for the new slate roof.
With much of the demolition done, the shingles are now being laid on both the main and coach house roofs of John McKenzie House.
We're very excited about the opportunity to preserve this historic Willowdale landmark with a roof that can last over 100 years.
Read on to see the project develop from Day 1 to completion.
Congratulations to the Mayor and Council of the Township of Clearview, Simcoe County for voting on April 25th to designate the Bethel Union Pioneer Cemetery (1885) for its cultural heritage and historical significance under the Ontario Heritage Act. The Bethel Union Pioneer Cemetery is perhaps the only totally inter-racial, multicultural, non-denominational cemetery established during the period of history when only individuals of Anglo-European heritage were permitted burial within the boundaries of Caucasian sanctified cemeteries in the Province of Ontario. The OHS salutes the dedicated members of the SilverShoe Historical Society (SSHS) who have tirelessly donated their time and skills the last twenty years to advocate on behalf of this historic cemetery which is an important part of Canada’s history. This impressive accomplishment stands as an example of community involvement many years in the making. Congratulations to everyone involved!