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Five historic buildings at Heritage Junction began undergoing “major renovations” on Thursday, as community leaders begin a restoration project that’s expected to end with a world-class museum located at the Pardee house.

“The buildings that we have at Heritage Junction have deteriorated quite significantly and are in dire need for the renovation we are doing,” said Alan Pollack, president of the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society. “We greatly appreciate the city of Santa Clarita for providing the funding that has helped us accomplish this task, which is absolutely necessary to preserve these buildings.”

City Councilwoman Laurene Weste said Wednesday the team of community leaders and companies leading the project will initiate the renovations Thursday, when they start tenting various buildings to eradicate termites.

“We will tent the Edison house, Kingsburry house, the little red schoolhouse, the Ramona chapel and, of course, the big one — the Pardee house,” Weste said, describing the work as the first step in the renovation process.

Weste, a Historical Society board member, recounted how a team of local professionals spent the past 18 months on a structural analysis, including discussions about amenities like air conditioning, which will be included in the renovation efforts.

“We’ve also been working to clear away areas and prep for restoration because it’s time to really recognize our history there,” Weste added, mentioning phase two will include the re-roofing of some of the structures.

Despite being made of metal, the shingles will still be historically fashioned, and they’re also fireproof, Weste said, “so we can better protect the buildings for future generations to enjoy.”

Weste said she and the participating professionals who are working on the Heritage Junction restoration also hope to complete electrical repairs, updates to staircases and anything else that’s needed to allow the community to enjoy the historical sites.

“As you can tell, this is a big project,” Weste said, “but it’s necessary, so I will be working diligently to get the Pardee house completed.

“It was brought in there to the junction in the early 1990s, and the Pardee house was the major first home for the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce,” said Weste, which is one reason the group is hoping to get the house open as a museum. “I imagine people going over there to research their history on the computer, looking at the displays and, basically, gaining an insight to where we came from, who we are and what that means for where we’re going.”

Weste said residents will also have the opportunity to visit the Questers area where the Edison and Kingsburry houses model how people lived at the time.

“When we get all this done, we hope to invite the public to come see the restored Heritage Junction and, at some point, maybe come visit a world-class museum that can be enjoyed by the community,” Pollack said.

“I couldn’t be more excited about the resurgence in Old Town Newhall, and I think the (Heritage Junction restorations) at Hart Park will pair well with the modern developments that have been brought to downtown,” Weste said. “This is going to be wonderful, and you’re going to really enjoy it as a community, but we’ll need your help to get there.”

 

Partners in the restoration project:

Burrtec Waste

City of Santa Clarita

DeVore Insulation

Howard & Sons, Inc. Roof Specialist

Inertia Engineers Structural Solution/Marcelo Cairo

Josh Christensen/United Brotherhood of Carpenters

Maxwell Electric

Nicholas Aire

Nordhagen & Daughters Exterminating Co., Inc.

Canyon #334, Oak of the Golden Dream #381 and Heritage Reflections #952 Questers

 

Photos by Leon Worden.
Termites Heritage Junction

Termites

Termites Heritage Junction

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