Nanaimo Community Archives promises that no project is too small for the second annual Heritage House Renovation Awards.
The awards recognize any exterior renovation that enhances the overall character of a heritage home. The program was launched last year as a fun contest people could enter to help lighten the mood of the pandemic.
“I was thrilled with the response last year,” said Christine Meutzner, Manager of the Nanaimo Community Archives. “It was truly a wellness project for us and the beneficiaries.”
Meutzner said the Nanaimo Community Archives awarded three prizes because the projects were so well done it was difficult to pick a single winner. All three were complete exterior renovations, but two of them represented substantial changes from the original character of the structure. It was a Haliburton Street owner who revitalized the original features of the home that won the top prize.
Projects can be large or small and do not have to be homes listed on the Nanaimo Heritage Register.
“The other two were great projects as well,” Meutzner said. “Anything you do outside of a heritage home, whether it’s on the register or not – and anything that represents a particular era. It doesn’t have to be Victorian or Edwardian. You might have a great example of a typical 50s ranch house that qualifies. Anything that improves his character is eligible.
To participate, send a minimum of three photographs and a short description of the project. Projects must be within the city limits of Nanaimo and be completed in 2021. The deadline for submission is May 10.
For more information or to submit an entry, contact the Nanaimo Community Archives at [email protected]