NSCAD University will receive $425,000 in federal infrastructure funding for needed upgrades to its Granville Campus, including window replacements, roof repairs and masonry, and stone façade stabilization.
The university's Granville Campus, a block of nineteen Victorian and Italianate-styled buildings, is one of three historic sites in Halifax receiving support under the Parks Canada National Historic Sites Cost-Sharing Program.
"Preserving NSCAD University’s beloved Granville Block will ensure that this cultural icon of inestimable value to our community is protected from further erosion, while safeguarding its historic value for future generations," said Professor David B. Smith, NSCAD University President. "We are deeply grateful to the Government of Canada for this generous and timely support for the critical restoration work that must be undertaken to safeguard these buildings."
“Nova Scotia is proud of the varied and exciting opportunities offered by its scenic beauty, rich heritage and vibrant culture,” added Gerald Keddy, MP (South Share-St. Margaret's), who represented the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister responsible for Parks Canada, at today's announcement held in the Bell Auditorium. “Our historic sites are of great value to the local community and offer Canadians a wonderful opportunity to experience and learn about our history and heritage.”
Parks Canada is also providing $10,000 to support a conservation project at the Little Dutch (Deutsch) Church, while St. Paul's Anglican Church will receive $1,130 for a Preparatory Conservation Project.
Parks Canada’s National Historic Sites of Canada Cost-Sharing Program is a contribution program whereby up to 50% of eligible costs incurred in the conservation and presentation of a national historic site are paid by the Program. Eligible recipients include other levels of government, not-for-profit organizations and not-for-profit aboriginal organizations. Of the 949 national historic sites, 162 are owned by Parks Canada. Other owners of national historic sites include aboriginal groups, educational institutions, businesses, religious groups, private owners, and other levels of government.
Photo: Steve Farmer BFA '89