This is an open letter to the residents of Weston Village. The Weston Heritage Conservation District (WHCD) would like to request your assistance with a research project they are conducting.
What began as a series of field trips where residents embarked on WHCD-sponsored field trips to the Toronto Public Archives to research the history of their homes, has since blossomed into an impressive research project with the intention of having the Town of Weston designated as a Heritage Conservation District. To do this, blocks of Weston properties have been divided into three research phases. Phase One is now complete and the WHCD is now concentrating their efforts on Phase 2 of the project.
Toronto Preservation Services, the organization that oversees the establishment of Conservation Districts, requires interested districts to document everything possible about each house, including its architecture and landscaping, and who has lived in it since it was built. As you can imagine, it’s an immense job that is very time-consuming for the WHCD researchers. This is why they need your help.
The survey form that residents are being asked to complete is very detailed, so it may take residents some time to complete. Residents do not have to be absolutely sure about the validity of your information, as it will be verified afterwards, if necessary. This is why it is important for you to include the source of your information. Stories, copies of surveys, photographs, past deeds, plans, etc. would also be greatly appreciated.
Residents can find the survey form on the WHCD website. The form is entitled “Built Form and Landscape Survey Form” and is currently only available in hard copy. Note however, that the WHCD is in the process of creating a secure, online database where residents will be able to create and maintain an editable information sheet for their homes. This database should be operational in April 2013.
By filling out and returning the survey, residents will be making a significant contribution to their community. The WHCD thanks residents in advance for their help.
For more information, please contact:
Research and Volunteer Coordinator
Weston Heritage Conservation District
(I’ll send you her phone number and email if you ask me–Adam)