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Heritage lecture series to feature talk on woodwork on historic buildings and celebration of grant recipients

October 11, 2018 –

The City of Kingston will award the2018 Heritage Property Grants of $5,000 each to 10 recipients at a ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 25 to celebrate their efforts to maintain the historic character of Kingston. Following the short award ceremony, the Heritage Resource Centre Lecture Series will welcome renowned Kingston architectural historian Jennifer McKendry, who will introduce her new book, Woodwork in Historic Buildings of the Kingston Region.

"The City of Kingston is committed to the conservation and protection of its built heritage resources. The recipients of this year's Heritage Property Grants are the custodians of many of Kingston's treasured historic properties. These property owners have undertaken works that will conserve these structures for the enjoyment of future generations. This evening is meant to support and celebrate their efforts," says Ryan Leary, senior heritage planner.

The public is invited to attend the evening event set to begin at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall, City Hall, 216 Ontario St.  McKendry's new book will also be available for sale.

Council increased the funding for the 2018 Heritage Property Grant program to a total $50,000 to support the conservation of Kingston's built heritage resources. This year's grants will be awarded to support a variety of projects that help conserve ten heritage properties across the city. This year's projects include significant masonry works to two limestone churches and two landmark residences, the restoration of a modest brick farmhouse, the replications of wooden windows, the repair of a significant wooden verandah, and the accurate recreation of  concrete gate posts.

For more on the City's heritage conservation efforts, see: www.CityofKingston.ca/Heritage.