Barrie - The City of Barrie’s work to restore the former Allandale Station is being recognized by Ontario Heritage Trust with the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Excellence in Conservation. This award recognizes the most exceptional achievements of individuals, groups and organizations in conserving Ontario’s cultural and/or natural heritage through the completion of a specific project.
The award will be presented at a special ceremony in Toronto during Ontario Heritage Week.
“We are very flattered to receive this recognition,” says Mayor Jeff Lehman. “The City takes much pride in preserving its heritage and this is a wonderful testament to that. The Allandale Train Station is important to this city’s history and we wanted to ensure that we honoured that in our preservation efforts.”
Overlooking Kempenfelt Bay, the Allandale Train Station was the hub of activity in the early 1900s consisting of a passenger depot and restaurant as well as a two-storey office building. Rail services diminished over the years and the station was last used in the 1990's by VIA Rail and GO Transit as a passenger waiting room and for ticket sales.
In 2009, the City initiated the overall restoration of the historic buildings and the Allandale Station lands, which included the construction of a second GO Train Station in Barrie. With the Station's past popularity and history in mind, the City began restorations based on previous Site Assessments and feedback from public consultations. Specialized restoration experts were engaged to refurbish historical artifacts on site and to perform the restorative external work.
Now that the restoration work is complete, the City will review next steps for the future use of this newly renovated space.
Article and photo courtesy of City of Barrie.