Fairfield-Gutzeit House to undergo extensive restoration thanks to government grant

From Left to Right: Loyalist Township Ward 1 Councillor, Lorna Willis; Loyalist Township Ward 2 Councillor, Carol Parks; Loyalist Township Mayor, Jim Hegadorn; Ontario Trillium Foundation Volunteer, Denise Cumming; MPP for Hastings-Lennox & Addington, Ric Bresee, Loyalist Township Ward 3 Councillor, Paul Proderick; Loyalist Township Deputy Mayor, Nathan Townend. Submitted photo.

An historic house on the shores of Lake Ontario will undergo a significant restoration project thanks in part to a $148,400 Capital grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF).

On Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023, local Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) Ric Bresee met with representatives from Loyalist Township to help break ground at Fairfield-Gutzeit House in Bath, Ontario.

“This investment by the Ontario Trillium Foundation to restore this important heritage building is great news for many in our community,” said Ric Bresee, MPP for Hastings—Lennox & Addington. “This restoration will revitalize and enable the Fairfield-Gutzeit House experience by improving safety and preserving this important piece of the Township’s history.”

According to a release from Loyalist Township, the refurbishment is extensive, including interior and exterior work. The work to be completed includes, but is not limited to, chimneys, windows, gutters, wall cladding, repairs to all three porches, stone steps, cornice repairs, foundation, masonry, timber structure, painting, plaster repairs, landscaping, and property repairs.

“This Ontario Trillium Foundation grant will allow for critical restoration work to be completed on the Fairfield-Gutzeit House,” said Jim Hegadorn, Mayor of Loyalist Township. “The house has been used as a gathering place for community celebrations for the last 50 years. The restoration will ensure that the house can be enjoyed by community members and visitors for years to come.”

Loyalist Township stated it is committed to preserving this significant heritage property. According to the release, the preservation of this house is critical for the sake of its educational and commemorative value and to protect the collection for future generations.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), an agency of the Government of Ontario, celebrates 40 years of grant-making in Ontario and making a lasting impact in communities. Last year, OTF invested over $110M into 1,022 community projects and partnerships, according to the release. Visit otf.ca to learn more.

Learn more about the Fairfield-Gutzeit House at www.loyalist.ca/FairfieldGutzeitHouse.

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