Government of Yukon

July 30, 2014

Fund supports projects to preserve Yukon’s built heritage

WHITEHORSE—Fourteen individuals and organizations will share $100,000 from the Historic Properties Assistance Program toward the stabilization, restoration or interpretation of their historic properties.

“The Yukon government is proud to support Yukoners committed to preserving our unique historic buildings and properties in communities throughout the territory,” Minister of Tourism and Culture Mike Nixon said. “Their vision and dedication helps to ensure that this irreplaceable part of our heritage is available for future generations to learn from and enjoy.”

The Historic Properties Assistance Program was created in recognition of the need to preserve privately owned historic properties in Yukon. Technical and financial assistance is available to those applicants with sites that are deemed historically significant and whose plans follow the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada.

This year’s projects include the stabilization of the Shadow/Stick Cabin in Champagne, a foundation upgrade for the Keno City Snack Bar in Keno and the exterior restoration of the Freddie and Nina Johnston House in Teslin.

For a second year, Trina Buhler of Dawson City has received Historic Properties Assistance funding for restoration of the NAT&TCo. (North American Transportation and Trading Company) residences from the Gold Rush era.

“The restoration and reuse of historic structures is typically fraught with obstacles and financial reasons not to move forward,” Buhler said. “The Historic Properties Assistance Program was well laid out and simple to use and, for my project, created a level playing field where the cost to restore was equivalent to building new.”

The annual application deadline for Historic Properties Assistance is March 1. This fund offers matching contributions to Yukon First Nations, community groups, individuals and businesses who wish to stabilize or restore a historic property.

Learn more: Historic Properties Assistance Program


See backgrounder below.


Elaine Schiman
Cabinet Communications
Heather LeDuc
Communications, Tourism and Culture

Backgrounder: Historic Properties Assistance 2014 funding recipients



Project Description

Amount Allocated



Anne Morgan

Mining Recorder’s Office, Carcross

To reconstruct and reroof



Elaine Chambers

Chambers Store, Haines Junction

To reroof



Champagne and Aishihik First Nations

Shadow/Stick Cabin, Champagne

To stabilize log building, including foundation and roof work



Chris and Stephanie Cleland

Cleland House, Dawson City

To upgrade foundation



City of Dawson

Bank of Commerce, Dawson City

To isolate roof from hazardous materials in building, repair roof



Trina Buhler

1-256 York St. (NAT&TCo. Residence) Dawson City

To complete exterior restoration



Trina Buhler

2-256 York St. (NAT&TCo. Residence) Dawson City

To complete exterior restoration



Mel Besharah

Peterson Cabin, Dawson City

To replace foundation and roof



Drew Ball

Drew Ball Cabin, Rock Creek Subdivision

To replace the foundation



Leo Martel

Keno City Hotel, Keno City

To continue foundation replacement work, repair/replace windows, and repair roof



Mike Mancini

Keno City Snack Bar, Keno City

To replace the foundation



Russell and Samantha McDiarmid

McDiarmid House, Mayo

To replace siding, roof covering and boot room



Teslin Tlingit Council

Freddie and Nina Johnston House, Teslin

To restore exterior of house and stabilize the shed



MacBride Museum

Whitehorse Telegraph Office, Whitehorse

To conduct an engineering assessment and create signage



Yukon Church Heritage Society

Log Church Rectory, Whitehorse

To rechink, replace eavestroughing, repair one log post, and perform selected shingle replacements






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