Former Penniac Baptist Church
Winner of the 2019 Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals Award of Merit in Conservation Engineering, the former Penniac Baptist Church is a pre-1850s light wood structure, moved to its current location and placed on a dry laid stone foundation around 1864. Unused for decades and at risk of demolition, recently a non-profit group took ownership of the property. Structural and safety concerns were unknown but, after discussion with contractors, were assumed to be too costly to address. Heritage Standing Inc.’s conservation approach resulted in minimal construction while meeting the owner’s need for a three season community centre. Reduced construction was achieved by evaluating past performance, keeping the dry laid stone foundation (with minor repairs), and accounting for non-uniform structural members.