A fire in July 2018 destroyed much of the 147-year-old Fleming House built by one of Kelowna's first pioneers.


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A fireplace in July 2018 destroyed a lot of the 147-year-old Fleming Home constructed by considered one of Kelowna’s first pioneers.


The town of Kelowna is constructing a short lived roof to guard a 147-year-old residence after it was broken in a hearth earlier this summer season.

The Fleming Home is a two storey farm home inbuilt 1871 from hand hewn pine logs by considered one of Kelowna’s first pioneers, Fredrick Brent.

Brent additionally constructed Brent’s Grist Mill which is the oldest surviving grist mill in British Columbia. 

The 2 buildings have been moved to Kelowna’s Heritage Park in 2002 together with a historic dairy barn from the unique property.

Nevertheless, this summer season the way forward for the farm home was put into query after a hearth destroyed the constructing’s roof and the wood siding that was added onto the unique construction within the early 1900s.

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The constructing additionally misplaced its porch and far of the inside was burned.

This week, Kelowna metropolis council thought-about a movement to finance the development of a short lived roof for the heritage home to guard it from the weather.

Throughout a debate on the movement, some councillors questioned the deserves of creating additional investments within the burned farm home.

“Sorry, to me it appears to be like like good cash after dangerous,” mentioned Luke Stack.

“After I take a look at the situation of this facility, I do not see how we might be capable of put a plan collectively to make it restorable.”



Photo of the Fleming Home in Kelowna from 1907 with wooden siding added to the original pine log construction.


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Photograph of the Fleming House in Kelowna from 1907 with wood siding added to the unique pine log building.

The movement narrowly handed, nevertheless, and metropolis can pay $29,000 for building of the non permanent roof.

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Native historian Don Knox, who’s president of the Central Okanagan Historic Society, mentioned he is grateful council permitted the cash.

Know mentioned The Fleming residence, regardless of its burned out situation, stays an necessary instance of constructing practices of the Okanagan area’s pioneers.

“The worth of particularly the very outdated buildings, which Kelowna doesn’t have quite a lot of, is the preservation of the data that the constructing itself comprises,” mentioned Knox. 

There isn’t any estimate on how a lot it can price to totally restore the home, however metropolis of Kelowna Parks and Buildings supervisor Robert Parlane mentioned it can seemingly be very costly.



The two-storey Fleming House on its original site near Mill Creek before it was moved to Heritage Park in 2002


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The 2-storey Fleming Home on its authentic website close to Mill Creek earlier than it was moved to Heritage Park in 2002

Regardless of the fireplace, the unique pine logs within the residence are in fine condition, mentioned Parlane.

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“It is kind of slightly little bit of an archeological discovery by hearth, if you happen to like,” he mentioned.

“It is restoring [the house] again to its authentic constructing type.”



Although charred from a fire in July 2018, the original pine logs of the Fleming House are intact.


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Though charred from a hearth in July 2018, the unique pine logs of the Fleming Home are intact.


The Fleming Home and Brent’s Grist Mill are situated very close to the newly developed Okanagan Rail Path, which can carry many individuals previous Heritage Park, mentioned Parlane.

Placing the non permanent roof on the farm home will shield what’s left of the construction from the weather and it additionally provides town time to think about its future. 

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