At the beginning of this term of council, the relationship between the city and owners of heritage properties was in tatters. Downtown residents had just gone through a bruising debate over a proposed Heritage Conservation District in the St. Luke’s neighbourhood
submitted by Mark Gillies Our restoration is now officially underway. From the left, Mark Gillies, Membership & Fundraising Chairman, Brian Aasgaard, President and John Mellow, Restoration Chairman for Friends of Freeman Station get things underway with a daylong cleanup using an old reliable shovel, and a couple of brooms on the hottest day of the(…)
The Burlington Junction station now has a new permanent home on Fairview Street and we are getting ready for its restoration, thanks to our volunteers. The Freeman Station will showcase what Burlington life was like in 1906, when it was built by the world’s largest railway, the Grand Trunk Railway System. THE RAILWAY AGENT(…)
Freeman Station has landed! These pictures show the progress of relocating the station on a new foundation so restoration work can begin. A wonderful accomplishment in time for Canada Day!
written by Mark Gillies Hello Members & Friends of Freeman Station Historic Burlington Junction 1906 Freeman Station McCulloch Building Movers will arrive mid-morning to prepare for the lowering of the Freeman Station on to its foundation located on Fairview Street. The process will last the rest of the morning and most of the afternoon. Our documentary film(…)
written by Mark Gillies Hello Members & Friends of Freeman Station Be sure to watch Community Connections with Mayor Rick Goldring Tuesday June 10, 2014 at 7:30 PM on Cogeco Channel 23 Mayor Goldring interviews Mark Gillies, Friends of Freeman Station, Membership & Fundraising Chairman, Alan Harrington, President of The Burlington Historical Society, Marianne Meed Ward, Councillor Ward 2 & Kathleen White,(…)
article contributed by Mark Gillies, Fundraising Membership Chair Hello Members and Friends of Freeman Station Burlington Junction Station construction work is now underway Well the work crews are on the scene at our new site on Fairview Street, arriving earlier this week. They are busy preparing the land for the installation of the foundation’s wall(…)
Submitted by Mark Gillies At a recent City Hall event, Councillor Marianne Meed Ward was presented with a Certificate for sponsoring Whinstone 1/1000 by Brian Aasgaard, President of Friends of Freeman Station. The Whinstone Sponsorship fundraising campaign will help raise $100,000 which will be used for the restoration of the historic 1906 Burlington Junction Station. All(…)
Calling All Artists ! Deadline extended to March 24, 2014 Would you like to be a part of Heritage Burlington’s first ever Burlington colouring book? We are calling all artists and Burlington residents to create a line art drawing to be included in a Burlington colouring book. This original art work should reflect an image(…)
Submitted by Mark Gillies Hello Friends of Freeman Station, Freeman Station was a very popular attraction at two recent show events. The top photograph is Mark Gillies (L) and Brian Aasgaard (R), 2 Friends of Freeman Station who volunteered to man the booth at the Ancaster Model Train Show held at the Ancaster Fairgrounds on(…)
Mr. Bullock received his lifetime membership for his invaluable first hand recollections of his personal use of Freeman Station over many decades, as well as that of the Bullock family who were among the original market garden farmers in the Aldershot & Freeman communities. Mr. Bullock who is 91 years old was born and raised(…)
Close to 100 residents attended a public workshop Feb. 10 to explore the potential of creating a Heritage Conservation District on the Mount Nemo Plateau. A preliminary study of Mount Nemo by Heritage Consultant Andre Scheinman found that the area had the potential to be a heritage district for both its landscape features (lot patterns,(…)
Would you like to be a part of Heritage Burlington’s first ever Burlington colouring book? Heritage Burlington, a citizen advisory committee to Council of the City of Burlington, is challenging Burlington residents to create a line art drawing to be included in Burlington colouring book. This original art work should reflect an image of Burlington(…)
Friends of Freeman Station, the volunteer citizens group that is leading efforts to restore and reopen the historic Burlington train station, are seeking donations (cash, goods or services) to build the basement under the station (estimated at $30,000). Eligible for charitable tax receipt.
When our family took a two week holiday this summer along the coast of California from San Francisco to Los Angeles and back through Yosemite Valley, I expected to be wowed by great urban centres and spectacular nature. What I didn’t expect was a lesson in community building.
This area is home to soaring cliffs, oceanfronts, waterfalls, mountain meadows and some of the biggest trees in the world. It’s also where I spent my earliest years.
My father worked for a time as a park ranger in Yosemite National Park and our family lived in the park. I recall being “homeschooled” in the front of a camper with flashcards as we ascended dirt switchback roads to get to our cabin (occasionally getting out for own own safety when the road was particularly steep and narrow). My mom remembers asking what I’d like to learn first. My response, “Well I don’t know anything yet it doesn’t matter where we start.” My family would remind me of that in later years as we debated issues across the dinner table.
In retrospect, when you’re motivated to learn, create, build, preserve, it truly doesn’t matter where you start – so long as you do start.
Heritage Burlington has completed a review of the three historic properties in Village Square, and concluded that they all have historic value worthy of heritage designation.
The properties are:
- 416 Pearl Street “The Inglehart House – Mitchell Dairy”
- 415/417 Elizabeth Street “The Stinson –Morrine House”
- 423 Elizabeth Street “The Bastedo – Redmond – John Kenter House
Village Square is a unique historic pocket in the downtown that is worth preserving, especially as the blocks around it are developed with modern buildings. I have and continue to meet with the current owners and prospective purchasers to convey the community’s interest in preserving Village Square, and share the results of the heritage studies.
Freeman Station: The little train station that almost wasn’t becomes the little train station that could
There’s a saying in political circles: “Never let a crisis go to waste.” When the motive is community building, crisis becomes opportunity. There’s no question that three years ago, the Freeman Station was in crisis. There’s also no doubting that the community has stepped up to turn this crisis into an opportunity to preserve Burlington’s(…)
Thanks to the members of the Burlington Waterfront Committee (formerly the Waterfront Access & Protection Advisory Committee) for spearheading this initiative
The Friends of Freeman Station are hoping to move the historic train station to a new home in April, on land provided by Ashland-Hercules on Fairview Street, just east of the fire station.
The recommendations will provide a service to heritage property owners, rather than a penalty for being on a municipal registry.