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John Glenn Cabin

Postby trailmix » Thu Jun 22, 2006 7:20 pm

Hello,

I came across this website when looking for information on restoring Heritage Buildings in Calgary.

I hope you all can help me.

John Glenn, who donated the land this church (mentioned in the above article) [ edit: St Pat's article here http://www.calgaryheritage.org/CHIForum/vi ... .php?t=158 ] is built on, was the first European settler in the Calgary area.

Since 1999 John and Adelaide Glenn's first homestead, a log cabin, has been languishing in storage at Fish Creek Park. I have spoken with the site manager and the 200 to 300 thousand dollars required to reconstruct this building just isn't in the budget.

John Glenn is my Great Great Grandfather, so I also have a personal interest in seeing it reconstructed.

I intend to raise the funds, however I don't even know where to start. I am hoping that some of you with experience in this area can help me.

Any and all suggestions are very welcome.

Thank you for your help,

Maureen Marshall
johnglenncabin@shaw.ca
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Postby Chris E » Tue Jun 27, 2006 9:55 pm

The biggest question I have about this building is this:

Why would it take $250,000 to $500,000 to reconstruct a log cabin that I'm sure Mr Glenn built with his own (and possible a few colleagues) hands? That figure sounds astronomical.
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Postby trailmix » Wed Jun 28, 2006 6:04 am

Hi Chris,

That's a very good question, I don't actually know the answer.

I spoke with the Fish Creek manager last week and he told me that 3 years ago they had an estimate done - it was $150,000. He thought perhaps with the boom in Calgary this might have doubled.

Granted, these figures represent rebuilding the cabin to historical correctness, but I was also wondering about this when I saw the article yesterday. I'm not sure how the price jumped to $250-500.

I wonder where I could find out what the real figure is and who does this type of work?

Maureen
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Postby Chris E » Wed Jun 28, 2006 10:08 am

Just seems like you could have one supervisor making sure things are done accurately, and then the rest would just be manual labour, which even volunteers might be able to do.
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Postby trailmix » Wed Jun 28, 2006 3:28 pm

I absolutely agree with you and in fact I don't think it necessarily has to be historically 'perfect' - while the general cabin has to be right, I don't think it's necessary to hand hew the logs as it were. What isn't original is a reproduction and while it should look good, it isn't John Glenn's work so it doesn't matter if it is done by hand.

What is important is to put the original logs back where they were.

Hopefully the Minister for Community Development will be more positive than the Fish Creek representative.
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Postby Chris E » Wed Jun 28, 2006 7:12 pm

I mean can you imagine if you called up someone like Beattie homes and said you wanted them to build a small log cabin on some land you owned and they quoted you $500,000?
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Postby trailmix » Wed Jun 28, 2006 7:55 pm

Well - you gave me a good laugh with that analogy.

If I had any control over the cabin, which I don't, I would rather have volunteers with supervision, as you mentioned, reconstruct the cabin - there are probably enough Glenn descendents to do all the work required (although we would be happy to accept all help!).

Maureen
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Postby Chris E » Wed Jun 28, 2006 9:34 pm

Chris E wrote:I mean can you imagine if you called up someone like Beattie homes and said you wanted them to build a small log cabin on some land you owned and they quoted you $500,000?


Oh and you'd supply all or most of the supplies :)

Yeah, isn't there some group of people cleaning up Fish Creek park? or is that just being paid for.. because that could be a good project once the major flood damage to the park is fixed up.
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Postby trailmix » Thu Jun 29, 2006 7:09 am

Hmm, well at least some of the supplies, however I am sure the organizations involved in tearing it down would want to contribute....

Plus, this is, of course, my Great Great Grandparents first home, however it is also the first house built in Calgary and I think that is what is important here.

They are cleaning up the park, from what I have read, reconstructing paths that were washed away etc etc, that is being paid for by us, the park is an Alberta Government managed area, so they are involved in all aspects of it.
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What's the Status Now?

Postby jill » Sun Mar 16, 2008 11:36 am

Hi,

I was wondering what state the cabin and site are in now, and how your campaign is going. (I just found this thread today).

Best wishes,

jill
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Postby newsposter » Tue Mar 18, 2008 9:21 am

I am not sure how often this thread is visited by the John Glenn cabin advocates. Suggest you email Maureen Marshall at johnglenncabin@shaw.ca

Post what you find out...
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Update on the John Glenn Cabin

Postby trailmix » Wed Mar 26, 2008 8:23 am

When the new government came in I wrote to Ed Stelmach about John Glenn's cabin.

The wood from the original cabin in still in storage at Fish Creek, still no plans to rebuild.

They have agreed to release the wood to Fort Calgary, I am going to be contacting them shortly to see if they are interested.
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