Springwater Township / May 22, 2014 – Mayor Collins, Council and the Springwater Heritage Committee were joined by a group of curious residents as the recently restored Hillsdale Lockup was unveiled to the public on May 21.
As a policing community in the early 1900s, the Village of Hillsdale received a grant from the Province to construct the Lockup in 1906. Used as a courthouse and to confine lawbreakers until the 1920s; in later years the Lockup was used as a place to temporarily house transients as they travelled through the Village, an electoral polling station and a meeting space.
In 2013 the Heritage Committee initiated the restoration of the Hillsdale Lockup to its original state, in an effort to preserve its historical significance in the community. Repairs included removing an electrical panel, replacing side windows with historically accurate replicas, refinishing the tin ceiling, and completing parging along the front of the building.
“A lot of thought and consideration went into the restoration of this building,” says Ron Belcourt, Director of Parks, Recreation and Properties and Project Manager for the restoration. “The two side windows had to be custom made by a carpenter to be accurate replicas, the roof required a specialized finishing and the electrical panel had to be removed to restore the building to its original condition.”
“This building plays an important part of Springwater’s heritage. As the only municipally-owned heritage designated building, it is important to preserve its historical integrity,” says Mayor Linda Collins. “Thank you to the Heritage Committee for taking this project on and working to restore it to its original state.”
The Hillsdale Lockup will be open to the public as part of Doors Open Huronia, taking place June 7-8. Visit the Doors Open Huronia website for details.