Forster House, located in the town of Richmond Hill is one of the most historically, and culturally significant structures in York Region. The two storey house and adjacent barns were originally constructed in 1830, and designated historically significant in 1996. Through the government of Ontario & Canadaís Infrastructure stimulus fund, funding was provided to restore the house, out-buildings, and grounds around it for community use. Throughout the project, great detail and attention had to be made in order to maintain the integrity and significance of the buildings. The restoration of the site surrounding the house and outbuildings is an environmentally sensitive conservation area, and required specialized techniques to protect the array of bio-diversity. Works on the project included selective demolition, site servicing, asbestos abatement, mold removal, interior finishes; roofing, and extensive hard/softscape works. Rutherford was able to successfully restore the house, out-buildings, and site under strict working conditions, ahead of schedule. The site adjacent to the house and outbuildings used selective planting to enhance the bio-diversity of the conservation area. The site is now used by a multitude of community groups, and is a key educational spot for youth in York region. The restored site provides students with critical environmental education and awareness, and showcases important historical artifacts from the communities past.
Owner: Town of Richmond Hill
Consultant: George Robb Architect