The Kerr Log House has been dismantled from its site of origin on and is in storage awaiting its reconstruction and new life at at Albion Hills Community Farm as a place for learning. This is a project that requires the cooperation of Town of Caledon, Caledon Heritage Foundation, Albion Hills Community Farm, and Toronto Region Conservation Authority.
A Brief Summary
- The Kerr Log House is one of a small number of 1840s squared log, two storey houses left in Caledon
- It was dismantled and donated to the Town in 2001
- Since being dismantled it has been stored under tarpaulins in Public Works Yard 3
- Once reconstructed, the house merits designation under the provisions of the Ontario Heritage Act
- In 2007, the Caledon Heritage Foundation retained ERA Architects to conduct a Redevelopment Feasibility Study
- As reported to Council, the Redevelopment Feasibility Study recommended that the Kerr Log House be reconstructed on the Town Hall campus in Caledon East for use as a multi-purpose public facility
- The preferred site for the Kerr Log House was subsequently allocated for the new OPP station, requiring the Caledon Heritage Foundation to explore other options
- In April 2011, because of concerns about the condition of the logs in storage, Tony Jenkins, Restoration Contractor, inspected the logs and he reported that there had been no significant deterioration in their condition
- Late in 2011 discussions commenced regarding reconstruction of the Kerr Log House at the Albion Hills Community Farm on Toronto Region Conservation Authority lands
- In the spring of 2012, the Albion Hills Community Farm board approved support for using Kerr Log House as the farm house at Albion Hills Community Farm
- Also in the spring 2012, the Caledon Heritage Foundation board approved a motion to recommend to Caledon Council that ownership of the Kerr Log House be transferred from the Town to Toronto Region Conservation Authority for use of the building by Albion Hills Community Farm as its farm residence
- With the transfer of ownership, the Town will have no financial obligations in either the reconstruction process or ongoing maintenance of the Kerr Log House
- The costs for reconstruction and ongoing maintenance will be born by Caledon Heritage Foundation (engineering and reconstruction) and Albion Hills Community Farm (reconstruction and ongoing maintenance).