Our recent travels on the Trans-Canada Trail took us to Penetanguishene – pronounced Pen-ah-tang-gwish-een – where we made a rather interesting find.
It was a cute old building with the windows and doors replaced with large photographs – I’m assuming from this town’s past.
The entrance to the Water Works shows the iconic view from the top of the hill on Main Street looking down to the harbour below.
What little history I could find about this structure, indicated that it used to be a water pumping station for the developing town. It was operated manually and required an attendant onsite 24 hours a day. A small room with a cot and stove for heat was built in the pumping house for the comfort of the attendant on duty.
As recently as 6 years ago, the building was being considered for heritage status, but there were concerns that it had become too derelict and couldn’t be salvaged without considerable cost. The foundation was crumbling and vandals had broken most of the original windows.
Obviously the building has since been rescued, but I could find no information about the restoration. Based on some research I’ve done, it appears that the photos gracing the sides of the building are of local athletes who gained international recognition in their field of sport.
An interesting and unexpected find in a pretty little town!
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