Morris House renovations ramp up

Crews chipping away at the Morris House restoration say things are looking up for the 249-year-old Halifax house.

Centuries-old-house gets new donations

Morris House's move came with a $400,000 price tag. (CBC)

Crews chipping away at the Morris House restoration project say things are looking up for the 249-year-old Halifax house.

The building was moved from a downtown Halifax lot to Creighton Street in January, but then renovations slowed way down.

Estimated restoration costs are around $300,000

The project had setbacks with funding in the past. While the Heritage Trust is still looking for grants, it received good news on Thursday.

Beverly Miller and Peter Delefes with the Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia are inside the Morris House with a pick axe, a shovel and a couple of buckets (Anjuli Patil/CBC)

"We are getting a donation from Bull Frog Power for solar panels on the south side of the roof,” said Beverly Miller, vice-president finance of Heritage Trust.

Domus Realties also donated $12,000.

Morris House will eventually be used for non-profit housing for youth, but on Friday the house was busy with workers.

The soggy basement of Morris House is full of rock and mud.

"We've had some people drilling, rock breaking in the basement to make room for the services and so we're just helping out by removing the broken rock,” said Miller.

"It's a hands on project as you can see, literally,” said former Heritage Trust president Peter Delefes.

Work on Morris House is expected to be finished sometime in 2014.


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