The Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation had made a second contribution to Maple Creek's Commercial Hotel restoration efforts and has now delivered a total of $70,000 to the Licadel Hotel Group for their ongoing work at the historic building.
An initial instalment of $20,000 in 2013 assisted with replacing the Commercial Hotel's main level window and entry door, while the additional $50,000 contribution this year will further assist with ongoing restorations.
Funding for the hotel was awarded after it was selected as a successful candidate for the Built Heritage Community Partnership Program. The program, offered through the Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation, helps preserve buildings that have been designated as Municipal or Provincial Heritage Properties in Saskatchewan.
“The Commercial Hotel shows how the structures of our past can better our communities today,” Minister of Parks, Culture and Sport Mark Docherty said. “By preserving our history, providing places for cultural activity and contributing to the local economy, historic properties such as this one help revitalize our communities, strengthen our growing province and enhance our quality of life.”
“We would like to thank the Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation for helping us restore our hotel,” Commercial Hotel partner Noy Lim said. “They make the impossible - possible, the hard - easy, and most important, they make us feel we are not alone.”
The Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation is a Crown agency administered through the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport. Governed by a board of directors appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council, the Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation provides grants to individuals, community groups, municipalities and corporations working to preserve Saskatchewan’s heritage.
Individuals may apply for one of two programs offered by the Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation. The Built Heritage Partnership Program provides funding to designated Municipal or Provincial Heritage Properties. The On-site Research Partnership Program assists archaeologists and palaeontologists conducting original research in the province. Applications for both programs are reviewed twice per year and must be postmarked no later than March 15 or Sept.1 to be considered.
The Government of Saskatchewan has also invested $16,000 in the Commercial Hotel through its Main Street Demonstration Program. Launched in 2011, Main Street included the communities of Indian Head, Maple Creek, Prince Albert and Wolseley. Over the past three years, the Government of Saskatchewan has invested $1.65 million in these communities and recently announced that Main Street will continue as an on-going program.