Today was the Annual General Meeting for Friends of Fintry. The meeting was held at the Manor House and those in attendance were given the opportunity to see the repairs & renovations taking place.
A representative of BC Parks took us through the renovations starting with the Laird’s bedroom. This room, which was blocked off from the main living area during a former renovation, will one day become part of the tour. Friends of Fintry have most, if not all, of the furnishings needed to bring this room alive.
As we walked through the chaos of construction we were told about some of the challenges the contractor faced. Along with the replacement of plumbing and wiring came the structural challenges. Engineered support beams were needed as well as supports in the basement and new bearing walls in the upstairs. It seems that the Manor House has been fortunate that a heavy snow load hadn’t damaged the roof in the past.
BC Parks, the contractor (Maddock’s Construction) and our Curator have worked together to give the unusable areas of the house a safe & secure purpose. The drywall will be going up soon with taping and mudding to continue in to July. Construction will cease and continue again in the fall. All going well it is slated for completion by the end of October.
When the dust clears there will be a prep kitchen, new viewing area for films, a caretaker’s suite, two separate bedrooms for summer students, a board room & office for the Curator.
We will keep you posted as work progresses.
Thank you to all the Friends of Fintry who attended our AGM today. Glad everyone got a chance to see the changes.