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Efforts to Save Southampton Rectory Continue

Saugeen Shores | by John Divinski  

Heritage Conservation expert urges county to take advantage of building

The campaign to leave the former Anglican Church Rectory in Southampton right where it is, continues.

Bruce County Council has heard from a Heritage Conservation expert urging the county to take advantage of the building as part of Bruce County Museum's proposed archival expansion.

In a presentation, February 7th, Jill Taylor, urges the county--owners of the property--to take a step back and think about what they might be able to do with the former Anglican Church Rectory at the corner of Victoria and High Streets in Southampton, next to the museum.

There's been talk of removing or tearing down the building so the museum can build an archival addition to the museum.

Taylor, an architect and heritage conservation expert sees it differently.

She says there's lots of opportunity to build a right-scaled archives on the site, "while incorporating the historic building."

Taylor says the intersection of Victoria and High Streets, with its three churches and the former rectory, really distinguish the community of Southampton.
Those wishing to save the rectory have found a friend in County Councillor and Brockton Mayor Chris Peabody who says with the continuing campaign to save the building, he hopes council will slow down and take a look at incorporating the rectory with any new build at the museum for its archives.

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