Eyer Wideman Youth Centre
Award: 2012 Award of Excellence for Innovation from PRO (Parks and Recreation Ontario)
Owner: Town of Richmond Hill
Project Cost: $2.55 M (Incl. Landscape)
Project Completion: August 2011
Structural:James Knight & Associates
Landscape Architect:Northwood Associates
This frame Georgian house sits on a 7 acre site acquired as a parkland dedication from the developers of the adjacent residential subdivision. The house, dating from 1828, has been restored and adapted to create a youth-oriented community centre. Elsewhere on the site, a ropes challenge course has been constructed.
Work includes raising the building to meet current adjacent grades, re-building rubble stone foundation walls, replacing deteriorated timber sills, strengthening floor structures, the addition of a sustainable radiant geothermal heating and cooling system, the replication of former porches based on photographic evidence, and renewing interior and exterior finishes and features.