Bata Library, Presqu’ile Point Lighthouse finalists in national contest to help fund renovations

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Bata Library, Presqu'ile Point Lighthouse finalists in national contest to help fund renovations

Trent University’s Bata Library and Presqu’ile Point Lighthouse in Brighton are in the running for a competition which will award up to $220,000 for renovations of historic places.

National Trust for Canada’s “This Place Matters” crowdfunding competition is offering historic places a well-deserved facelift. Twenty-six communities across the country are competing to help restore, accommodate new uses or improve visitor amenities for their respective project.

The Bata Library is undergoing major renovations to create new spaces for collaborative learning and research centres, as well as a complete an overhaul of the environmental, heating and electrical systems. Trent says the project will “demonstrate ways to preserve a nationally-important architecture, while meeting the contemporary need for digital infrastructure.”

Trent has set a goal of raising $50,000, which represents a potential $110,000 investment should the University win the national competition.  Trent asks voters to use #Bata50 to join the conversation on social media.

“We appreciate this opportunity, provided by the National Trust of Canada, to participate in this exciting crowdfunding competition,” stated Lee Hays ’91, director of Alumni Affairs. “We hope members of the community will go online to vote for the Bata Library project. This is an exciting time in our history – Bata Library is turning 50 and what a better gift to give our library than the restoration of the unique outer trellises designed by renowned architect, Ron Thom.”

The “Keep our Light Shining” project aims to renovate the top of the lighthouse atlighthouse Presqu’ile Provincial Park. The lighthouse was built in 1840 and remains a key attraction in the provincial   park on the shore of Lake Ontario. The project is budgeted at $140,000 and is organized by the Presqu’ile Point Lighthouse Preservation Society.

Project details:

From June 15 to July 17, participating groups promote their campaign on social media to encourage others to vote for and donate to their project.

To give each campaign a further boost, every dollar donated to a project will count for one additional vote to that project. Prizes are distributed to the projects with the highest number of votes.

To vote for or donate to a project: Voting can be done once a day, per project, per person until July 17.

“The 150th anniversary of Confederation is a great milestone to recognize the role historic places play in telling our national story and creating meaningful spaces to live, work and play,” stated Natalie Bull, Executive Director of the National Trust.

“We are thrilled to see so many communities supporting projects in ‘This Place Matters,’ because we know that saving and renewing historic places improves quality of life and will help build sustainable and resilient communities for the next 150 years.”

Both the Bata Library and Presqu’ile Point Lighthouse projects are in the Big Projects category (those with budget of more than $60,000) along with:

  • The Union Art Project – Sir William Ford Coaker Heritage Foundation, Port Union, N.L (Newfoundland)
  • Guardian of the Gulf – Sydney Mines Tourism Development Society, Sydney Mines, N.S.
  • Windows into the Future – First United Church, Truro (Nova Scotia)
  • #CoolDownNotman – OSMO Foundation, Montreal
  • Reconnecting with the Ottawa River: An Historic Boathouse Revitalization – Ottawa New Edinburgh Club, Ottawa
  • Flushed with Success — The Diefenbunker Washroom Project – Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum, Carp, Ont.
  • Friends of Auchmar: Love the Dovecote Restoration Project – Friends of Auchmar, Hamilton
  • Belle Vue House:  A clear view for the future! – Belle Vue Conservancy, Amherstburg, Ont.
  • The Storied Barn – Neubergthal Heritage Foundation, Rhineland, Man.
  • Let’s ‘Cedar Shake’ this place up.  The Wolseley Opera Hall – Wolseley Heritage Foundation, Wolseley, Sask.
  • Spirits of the Lyric! – Southwest Cultural Development Group, Swift Current, Sask.
  • Full Steam Ahead…. Restore the One of a Kind, 1913 Canadian Northern Railway Roundhouse in Hanna, Alberta! – Hanna Roundhouse Society, Hanna, Alta.
  • Save Our King! – Northern Life Museum and Cultural Centre, Fort Smith, N.W.T.
  • A Firm Foundation – Richmond Hospital/Health Care Auxiliary Thirft Shop renovation. Richmond Hospital/Healthcare Auxiliary, Steveston, B.C.


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