A lot of money is going in to Moose Jaw's heritage properties, said Brian Bell, president of Heritage Moose Jaw, and people are interested to see the results.
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Brian Bell, president of Heritage Moose Jaw, speaks about the history of and renovations ongoing at Grant Hall during a session at the Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery Thursday.
"There's a respect, but also a realization, from those that have taken on these projects that there is value here, at the end of the day," Bell told the Times-Herald Monday. "I think that is what's happening here. Over $7 million has gone into the Grant Hall, and over $4 million with Ross School. I think it speaks to the confidence of the developers.
"They're doing it right, not cheap. They're going in with energy efficient systems … it shows what you can do with these old structures if you have the vision and the know-how."
The vision and know-how of several of Moose Jaw's heritage developers will be on display Sunday, when Bell and Heritage Moose Jaw will play host to the 2013 Built Heritage Tour, a showcase of several heritage buildings in the Friendly City.
The tour will be held from 1 to 4 p.m., and showcases five of the Friendly City's heritage structures, including the Grant Hall, Ross School, the Chow-Macleod Building, Redland Court and a private residence on Athabasca Street West.
Bell said the line-up was difficult to finalize because "not everybody feels okay with opening their home up and letting people come in and see it," but because interest was so high from the previous year's tour, he had no problem arranging destinations this year.
But, he said, the tour will give developers an opportunity to show off their innovation and hard work.
"You have (heritage) buildings breathing cleaner than you'd get with most homes today. They are efficient. In terms of operating costs and comfort, they match or exceed what most of our homes are," said Bell. "It sort of sheds a new light on it.
"We know old homes aren't for everybody," he added. "But most really enjoy them. Certainly, they like to go inside and see what they're like."
Tickets for the Built Heritage Tour can be purchased at Past Times, Gingerbread Square, Cranberry Rose, the Yvette Moore Gallery and Gisele's Antiques and Collectibles for $25.