Posted on Friday, October 6, 2017 at 2:55 p.m.
The first stage is finished for the eventual demolition of the former Sisters of Ste-Marie Convent in Vankleek Hill.
The building’s “bell tower” was removed during the first week of October and the cupola and “widow’s walk” ornamental roof cap trucked over to the Village of L’Orignal on Thursday and settled down on the lawn of the former St-Andrews Presbyterian Church located on King Street next door to the Canada Post office.
Claude Brabant, a local businessman specializing in building restoration works, took possession of the “bell tower” along with other pieces and materials from the old convent building. He plans to give the “bell tower” a new lease on life as an ornamental gazebo after his company finishes with the renovation and restoration work.
G. Dupont General Contractor, the firm which purchased the land which served as the convent site plans to redevelop the property for condominiums. All religious items which once were part of the convent’s furnishings were removed from the building long before it was sold and plans for demolition set in motion.
The 136-year-old building was never registered as a heritage property. The Vankleek Hill Historical Society is doing a final photographic record of the convent before its final demolition.