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  • 1.  Visitor Centres / Admin

    Posted 02-16-2017 08:54 AM

    Hello all – we are in the throes of building a new admin. Building which would also serve as the "entrance point" for visitors. I am currently writing up a report on the functions we need for various programs. In the end however the final plan for the building will depend on budget. We need a space to sell admissions; space for a gift shop, exhibits, a few offices, meeting space – washrooms are already taken care of (we are adding the "new" building to the washroom facility which is now in our parking area. The historic house does not have extra space for exhibits and it is not accessible – we cannot put the structure up where it would effect the historic views from the house (the picturesque landscape is part of our reason for national historic site designation. I am reaching out to see if others who have gone through this process can share their experiences (what to do and not do) and also if planning documents are available to view. I would really appreciate hearing from you.

    Thank you



    Signature_Marilynn Havelka_cropped

    Marilynn Havelka

    Chief Administrative Officer

    Ruthven Park National Historic Site

    243 Hwy. #54, Box 610

    Cayuga, ON

    Ph: (905) 772-0560

    Cell: (905) 977-1845


    Ruthven Park National Historic Site is owned and managed by the Lower Grand River Land Trust Inc., a not-for-profit, non-government, charitable organization which seeks to conserve, maintain and promote Ruthven Park's rich cultural and natural heritage through research, stewardship, interpretation and education for the enjoyment of present and future generations.


  • 2.  RE: Visitor Centres / Admin

    Posted 02-17-2017 08:49 AM
    A few years ago the Filson Historical Society in Louisville, KY did a similar project and encountered some of the same concerns. I'd reach out to them.

    Christopher Kolakowski
    MacArthur Memorial
    Norfolk VA