National Trust endorses Baybrook as historic site

The National Trust of Canada (formerly Heritage Canada) has weighed in on the importance of Mack Laing as a historical figure, and Baybrook as a heritage property.

While Heritage BC indicated that Baybrook is a “significant provincial heritage for all British Columbians, and Canadians”, The National Trust letter also recognizes that Baybrook is part of our national heritage.

The National Trust is the leading national expert in heritage restoration, funding, operation and maintenance in Canada. The Baybrook site meets the greater standards of a Heritage Canada site.

They clearly state the importance of the site and the man associated with it.

“Baybrook was the home of esteemed naturalist, collector, author and educator Mack Laing (1883-1982) from the time of its construction in 1922 until 1949, representing his most active and prolific period of research and writing. The natural setting in Mack Laing Nature Park contributes to the heritage significance of Baybrook, which is so closely tied to this important Canadian conservationist.

In the strongly worded letter to Comox Mayor and Council, the National Trust also supports the Mack Laing Heritage Society’s contentions and proposals.

” Property assessments undertaken by both a professional structural engineer and architect have concluded that Baybrook can be carefully rehabilitated and adapted to a new public use. And the Mack Laing House Conservation Committee has submitted two reports that provide viable options for the future of the site and propose strategies for a cost-effective rehabilitation.

Finally, the NT adds it’s voice to that of Heritage BC and urges that Council reconsider its decision to demolish Baybrook.

“Property assessments undertaken by both a professional structural engineer and architect have concluded that Baybrook can be carefully rehabilitated and adapted to a new public use. And the Mack Laing House Conservation Committee has submitted two reports that provide viable options for the future of the site and propose strategies for a cost-effective rehabilitation.

“The National Trust urges the Town of Comox to reconsider its decision to demolish this important heritage property. We encourage you to recognize the heritage significance of Baybrook and to take advantage of Heritage BC’s offer of assistance in conservation planning and capacity building training that will help ensure its retention and adaptive reuse for future generations.”

 The full letter may be read here:National Trust Letter, Baybrook House

The Heritage BC letter may be read here:HeritageBCLetter June 23 2015

Both houses have been prepared for demolition.

 

Baybrook – July 29, 2015

 

Shakesides - July 29 2015

Shakesides – July 29 2015

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