The District of West Vancouver says it is conducting further work to determine the cost of restoring and relocating the historic Navvy Jack house.
This work will include deconstruction and removal of hazardous materials by a certified contractor, and this work will take place around November to December 2020.
Next steps include legally protecting the building via a Heritage Designation Bylaw, working with the Navvy Jack House citizen group to advance the project.
District also plans to engage with First Nations on the appropriate commemoration of the house and site.
District will also plan for the restoration of Lawson Creek.
A grant application has been submitted to Heritage BC as an overall funding strategy will be required.
Council has allocated up to $1 million in matching funds from Community Amenity Contributions, and private fundraising is also being organized.
Navvy Jack House, owned by the District of West Vancouver, is the longest continuously-occupied home in the Lower Mainland, from approximately 1873 to 2017.
The house is historically significant because it has been the site of many “firsts” in West Vancouver, and also for the marriage of Navvy Jack, who was Welsh, to Rowia, a local Indigenous woman who was the granddaughter of Chief Kiepilano.