Over the past several years, improvements at the Fort Heritage Precinct have kept it preserved and well-maintained. This time, the historic 1937 Warden’s Residence, home to the Fort Heritage Precinct’s Visitor Information Centre and administration, is getting a paint job.
Many residents will be familiar with the white stucco and green trim that they have come to associate with the Warden’s Residence over the past 30 years; but historical photographs and physical examination of the building has revealed that the house once donned a bolder colour palette: peach & red.
As a museum and heritage site, it is our mandate to tell, and represent, the history of Fort Saskatchewan as accurately as possible. We have chosen to return the Warden’s Residence, a Municipal Historic Resource, to its historical colours to help us share the history of the Fort Saskatchewan Provincial Gaol more accurately.
The preservation and restoration of heritage buildings is important. It helps to ensure that a historic building’s appearance maintains its original historic and cultural value within our community. It is a team effort that involves not only the facility maintenance and contractors but also curators and researchers who have an understanding of the building’s history and original design.