Ancestral Roofs

"In Praise of Older Buildings"

Friday, March 22, 2013

Heritage Survey

What a treasure we have in our carefully preserved built heritage.

For some time, I have been wanting to post a 'photo album' of some favourite places - beauty and history and family saga contained in homes in Prince Edward County, Belleville, Kingston. I could have selected a hundred more that bring me the same joy.

Today, a reason much more important than self-indulgence prompts me to share some photos.

Today I heard from Dave Bull at Frontenac Heritage Foundation about an important survey being conducted by graduate students at the Heritage Conservation Program - and aren't we glad to hear news of this program? - at Carleton University (one of my alma mater)

 The students are collecting information (via an anonymous online survey) from owners of heritage properties about insurance coverage trends. We all know that insurance issues can be an impediment to decision-making around heritage designation. The findings from this survey may yield research that provides clarity and reassurance around the matter.

Here's a link to the survey.

And here's a link to the wonderful Frontenac Heritage Foundation website. There's a link to the survey from their site.

Enjoy these lovely homes - and your own. And don't forget to spread the word about the survey!

I will come back later and identify these beautiful buildings. Perhaps you know many of them already - or own one? And if you do, thank you for letting me take your photo on my travels.


  1. Lovely photos! And the survey is an excellent (and very useful) idea.

  2. I've looked at inventories of various jurisdictions for years now, with a particular eye for strengths, shortcomings, anomalies and "holes" in existing built heritage when compared to settlement patterns. Most places have them, for one reason or another. One of the more interesting places in this regard is Newfoundland, where there's a monstrous gap between the time of permanent settlement vs. extant structures in the province. In short, there's virtually nothing left from the province's earliest 75 years of perm. settlement. That makes it virtually unique in colonial North America. Officially, not a single structure in Nfld. dates from before 1814 - which is shocking when you consider its history of European involvement and settlement. Ontario, by comparison, has an inventory that is much more reflective of its settlement history. You don't normally think of Ontario as having an older inventory than Nfld., but that is indeed the case.