Heritage Advisory Committee wants to help preserve history of Finlandia Hall
Thunder Bay's Heritage Advisory Committee has reached out to the board of the Finlandia Association of Thunder Bay, offering its help to preserve some of the historical items inside the association's building on Bay Street.
The Finlandia Hall itself has federal and municipal heritage designations, said Matt Szybalski, the city archivist and member of the heritage advisory committee.
But, there are also plenty of items inside the building the committee has concerns about, he said.
"Putting them somewhere where they're going to be safe from the sale of the building."
Szybalski said the Finlandia Hall's heritage designations means the building cannot be demolished. He said any work that requires a building permit would also go through the committee, which would then provide recommendations on how to complete the work without compromising the historical integrity.
"Any sort of use that the owner would put to it, we would be there to give them some advice and work with them on a solution that would satisfy them and preserve the heritage. And, I'm sure that they themselves are keenly aware of the heritage of this place, what they have there, and its importance."
He said the Heritage Advisory Committee has reached out to the Finlandia Association board, and is awaiting a response.
Designation under the Ontario Heritage Act is the highest form of protection possible for a property, the Heritage Advisory said.