The Sybil Andrews cottage was lowered onto a new foundation Wednesday – one week ahead of the restoration project schedule.
The cottage’s new foundation replaces the concrete blocks, cedar rounds and a variety of other material (including rocks and driftwood) previously used to support the structure.
“The new foundation will ensure the building is properly set and will provide enough clearance to reduce the chance of wood decay related to rot,” says Ross Milnthorp, the City’s general manager of parks, recreation and culture.
“The crawl space beneath the new foundation will provide proper ventilation under the building while allowing for upgrading of electrical and plumbing systems, a benefit to people who will be working and meeting in the cottage,” Milnthorp says.
Next steps for the restoration work include installing drainage improvements, re-roofing the building, replacement of rotten framing and siding materials and installing a wheelchair ramp and access door.
Landscaping the site will use heritage plants salvaged from the property. All restoration activities are confined to the work site and will take place during regular work hours. The cottage is scheduled to be re-opened in time for Sybil Andrews Day, April 19, when the Sybil Andrews Heritage Society will host a free afternoon celebration open to everyone in the community.
The Sybil Andrews Cottage is located next to Frank James Park in Willow Point and was the home of Sybil Andrews, an internationally famous artist.
The Sybil Andrews Heritage Society was formed in December 2004 with a mandate to improve the appearance of the property while advocating to preserve the artist’s property. Sybil Andrews’ cottage restoration work is supported by $190,000 in funding from the Heritage Legacy Fund, the Coast Sustainability Trust Fund, Heritage BC and the Sybil Andrews Heritage Society.