Yukon evicts Heritage Board from historic Taylor House
After 14 years, the board has a month to clear out and find a new home
The Yukon government is evicting the Yukon Heritage Resources Board from historic Taylor House in downtown Whitehorse.
After 14 years, the Board has a month to clear out and find a new home. The house at Fifth and Main is being renovated for the Yukon Commissioner's use.
The log home was built in 1937 for the Taylor family, of the former Taylor and Drury Company department store in Whitehorse.
Brent Slobodin spent over a decade as president of the Yukon Historical and Museums Association and helped lobby to preserve the building and get municipal heritage status for the house.
He says the eviction doesn't make sense.
"I'm actually quite dumbfounded that the government would do this especially with no consultation or literally no public awareness happening," he says.
The Heritage Resources Board was set up under the Umbrella Final Agreement. It has shared the building with a variety of heritage and community groups.
"It's all been a perfect fit. Now suddenly we find out that they've been ordered out of the building and the Commissioner, who's a federally politically appointed person, is now moving into that house," says Slobodin.
Heritage Resources Board Chair, Anne Leckie, says the Board has been honoured to act of stewards of the site.
"One of the goals of the Board has been to be able to increase the profile of Yukon heritage. Having that space has brought the heritage community together. Well, we think it's unfortunate. We're disappointed to lose the building because it has become this heritage focal point in Whitehorse," she says.
Leckie says the government offered the organization space in the T.C. Richards Building, but it is too small and not accessible.
Slobodin says he sent letters of concern this week to the Minister of Tourism and Culture and the Premier.
Yukon government officials were not available for comment.