The City of Penticton is teaming up with the local museum to ensure that more people are aware of where the city’s oldest and most historic buildings are located.
An upcoming two-phase project plans on increasing public awareness of the city’s heritage properties, starting with an exhibit at the Penticton Museum titled “Made Right Here, Penticton’s Built Heritage.” The exhibit is currently available for viewing and will be open until the fall.
This summer, however, community members can expect to see the public-awareness initiative outside of the museum’s premises.
Penticton heritage plaques will be displayed on the city’s most historic properties, with help from the museum.
“The plaques will tell the story of the various properties and speak to their architectural qualities and distinctive features,” said Dennis Oomen, the museum’s curator.
The pending initiative was mentioned by coun. Judy Sentes at the city’s meeting on May 3, though a step-by-step project has yet to be formally revealed by the city.
“The exact design has yet to be determined and the hope is that work on this part of the project will begin in mid-summer,” Oomen added.
Owners of the targeted properties do not have to comply with the city’s plan, according to the museum.
“Work will be done in full consultation with the property owners and participation will be completely voluntary,” the curator said.
Though the exact design of the plaques has yet to be determined, the city and museum are expected to reveal more information about the heritage-themed project in the coming months.