The history and architecture of four Saint John neighbourhoods will take the spotlight this May through a series of walking tours and community meetings led by David Goss, local master storyteller and historian. The events are part of the Heritage Development Board’s Heritage Awareness Project.
“The history and architectural excellence of our city ranks with the best in the country,” says Jim Bezanson the City’s Heritage Development Officer. “We think this is one of the best ways people can experience it.”
Featured neighbourhoods are: Mount Pleasant Area, the Lower West Side, the Old North End including Indiantown, and the South End Peninsula towards Courtney Bay. Property owners in these areas are encouraged to submit their building to be included in the Registry of Historic Places.
Beginning with the Mount Pleasant area on May 10th tours will be given on consecutive Sunday afternoons from 2 - 3:30 pm. On the Wednesday evening following each Sunday walk there will be a community meeting from 7 - 9 pm near the same area as the walk. This is an opportunity for people to see photo displays and share stories and information about their historic homes. Residents are encouraged to bring photos, especially older ones. Members of the Heritage Development Board and City staff will be available to explain the difference between the Registry of Historic Places and owning a building in a heritage conservation area.
The complete schedule can be found on the City’s website in the Public Meeting section.
Mount Pleasant Area
Sunday, May 10, 2 - 3:30pm
Meet at the Horticultural Gardens on Seeley Street
In case of rain, meet Monday, May 11 at 7pm.
Wednesday, May 13, 7-9pm at the Rockwood Park Interpretation Centre
The Old West Side
Sunday, May 17, 2 - 3:30pm
Meet at the Carleton Community Centre, Market Place
In case of rain, meet Monday, May 18 at 7pm.
Wednesday, May 20, 7-9pm at the Parish Centre of Our Lady of Assumption Church, Chapel Street
The Old North End
Sunday, May 24, 2 - 3:30pm
Meet at St. Peter’s Gate, Clarendon Street
In case of rain, meet Monday, May 25, at 7pm.
Wednesday, May 27, 7-9pm at St. Luke's Anglican Church, 369 Main Street
The South End
Sunday, May 31, 2 - 3:30pm
Meet at St. John-the-Baptist Church, 58 Broad Street
In case of rain, meet Monday, June 1 at 7pm.
Wednesday June 3, 7-9pm, St. John-the-Baptist, 58 Broad Street