August 28, 2013 - 4:17 PM
City of Vernon Mayor Rob Sawatzky (right) posed with Sean Chippendale at 4704 20 Street. Mr. Chippendale, his wife and family recently did renovations to restore and preserve their historic home.
The north wing of this 1983 house was constructed of squared logs. In 1910 the south section was made of poured concrete, and siding was applied to the existing structure. The covered porch now ties the two sections together. It was the home of Elwood Rice (former Vernon Mayor and prominent horticulturist).
In August 2012, the City presented the heritage plaque, in recognition of the heritage significance of the building. The plaque is embedded into the brick wall located at the right front of the home along 20th Street where it can be viewed by the public.
In 2005, Council awarded a heritage restoration grant of $3,000 to assist with building exterior restoration works.
Vernon City Council has established, and provides, funds for the Heritage Restoration Grant Program. The Program applies to properties listed on the Vernon Heritage Register in order to assist owners with the cost of restoring the exterior, foundations and roof structures of heritage buildings.
Applications are to be submitted prior to March 30th each year. Submissions are reviewed by the Heritage Advisory Committee; then they provide their recommendations to City Council for their consideration. Council awards grants based upon compliance with the grant program criteria, recommendation from the Heritage Advisory Committee and funding availability.
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