Community Identity and Pride Through Investment in Heritage

Jun. 17, 2015

Eldon HouseThe London Endowment for Heritage fund was created with the direction of the City of London Council. This fund helps to preserve and enhance the heritage sites in London. By preserving and enhancing these heritage sites we are able to create a community identity and evoke pride in the places and events that have created and shaped London and its people.

The London Endowment for Heritage includes five different streams; archeological, architectural, cultural, natural and moveable. Annually, this fund supports the five heritage streams within London and Middlesex. This year the fund supported; three heritage designated residential homes, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Youth Opportunities Unlimited, Hamilton Signals, Museum London and Museum of Ontario Archaeology.

There were five applications that were granted from the architectural heritage stream included the heritage designated residents of 372 Richmond Street, 784 Wellington Street and 391 Queens Avenue, as well as St. Paul’s Cathedral and Youth Opportunities Unlimited Cornerstone building. The residence of 372 Richmond Street was granted $3,000 for repairs to the exterior masonry. The residence of 784 Wellington Street was granted $750 for repairs to the slate roofing. The residence of 391 Queens Avenue was granted $2,500 for repairs to the chimney. St. Paul’s Cathedral located at 472 Richmond Street was granted $5,000 for invasive investigative restoration to the west eve of the north transept and 10’ along the north eve of the nave. St. Paul’s Cathedral has a long history, records related to the Cathedral date back to 1822 and part of the present day Cathedral was first built in 1844. Youth Opportunities Unlimited was granted $3,300 for repairs to the decorative concrete footings and repainting of the millwork footings on the Cornerstone heritage building. This historical building has been a downtown landmark since 1879 when it was opened as The American House.   

 There were three applications that were granted from the moveable heritage stream included; Hamilton Signals, Museum London and Museum of Ontario Archaeology. Hamilton Signals was granted $250 for their artifacts display about communication during the Boer War and WWI at the Western District Fair. Museum London was granted $1,700 for the upcoming exhibition, Get Cooking, London! Museum London is using the funds to obtain artifacts and oral histories that explore shared experiences of cooking from different cultures of the past and present for the exhibition. Museum of Ontario Archaeology was granted $2,300 for preservation of the museum’s archaeological and ethnographic objects over multiple generations. The collection at the Museum of Ontario Archaeology features over 2 million archaeological, ethnographic and archival materials.

The London Community Foundation is proud to fund $18,800 for heritage in London and Middlesex through London Endowment for Heritage 2015. Sharing the history of London through heritage sites and artifacts is important as it gives Londoner’s the opportunity to understand not only where they live, but in part who they are. Londoner’s have the opportunity to know about, understand and embrace the heritage that connects family history, community history and much more. The London Community Foundation encourages you to take the opportunity to visit, tour and experience the events, buildings and streets on your doorstep and learn a little about the rich heritage of London.