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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Renovations Planned at Downtown Heritage Building

Owen Sound | by Matt Hermiz  

City council awards two double facade grants for work to be done at former Seldon House.

(photo by Matt Hermiz) 

A heritage building in downtown Owen Sound is getting a refresh.

Owen Sound city council approved awarding two double facade grants totalling $15,000 to a numbered company at its meeting Monday for renovations planned at the former Seldon House -- commonly known now as the Coach Inn -- at 10th Street and 2nd Avenue East.

Owen Sound councillor Richard Thomas moved the motion. He says this type of project is exactly why the facade grant program was created in the first place.

"The Seldon House is one of the last grand hotels that used to stand in Owen Sound," Thomas explains. "We used to have a dozen or more of these kind of hotels in Owen Sound. And it's really one of the few remaining and I think that any money that's put into it to improve it's look becomes a real attraction for the downtown."

According to a city staff report, the property is designated under the Ontario Heritage Act and listed on the city's register of Properties of Cultural Heritage Value or Interest.

The building was originally constructed as a hotel in 1887. The staff report explains it underwent a major restoration project in the 1980s to restore it substantially to its original and present appearance.

Some of the work proposed at the building includes the restoration of damaged exterior brickwork, replacement of all steel trim and refreshing of all windows and doors -- including scraping and re-painting in the same colours.

The applicant is eager to start work soon, the city staff report explains.

Bayshore Broadcasting News reached out to the Coach Inn for comment but has yet to receive a response.
 

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