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Bright outlook as windows restoration begins at Cronquist House

May 20, 2016 11:33 AM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

The outlook for Red Deer heritage gem, Cronquist House, is brighter than ever as work commences on May 24 to improve the condition and functionality of the windows.

The windows will be removed in two stages between May and July in preparation for complete restoration of the window sashes, frames and storm sashes. The summer months are the ideal time to work on these temperature-sensitive materials. Work is expected to be completed and the windows reinstalled by the end of August.

During the restoration work, visitors to Cronquist House and Bower Ponds can expect to see scaffolding on various sides of the building with safety fencing around the scaffolding. The house will continue to operate as a tea house throughout the restoration and will also remain open for scheduled community and private events.

“Cronquist House has great historical, social and architectural value for Red Deer,” says Janet Pennington, Heritage Community Development Coordinator. “The City is deeply committed to preserving the historical integrity and character of the home. We are extremely fortunate to have this present opportunity to do restoration work, which will reduce future maintenance needs and preserve the original windows for many more years to come.”

Cronquist House was built in 1911-1912 by Swedish immigrant, Emmanuel Petterson Cronquist, and occupied by members of the family until 1974. In 1976, the house was saved from demolition by community intervention and moved from its original location at the Cronquist Farm to its current location at Bower Ponds. In 1983, it became Alberta’s first designated Municipal Historic Resource. The Red Deer Cultural Heritage Society operates the house on behalf of The City of Red Deer.

For more information, please contact:

Keely Ennis, C.E.T.
Projects Specialist, Recreation, Parks & Culture
The City of Red Deer
403-406-8771

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer
403-342-8147

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