Drummondville, April 10, 2019. – While the Village québécois d’antan (VQA) was confident that the Faucher house would be preserved, the damage analysis conducted by the insurers shows instead that the building is a total loss. In the coming weeks, the Village will therefore work to offer a second life to the materials spared by the fire.
“Our primary concern is to preserve Quebec’s heritage and make it known,” says Guy Bellehumeur, VQA Executive Director. With this in mind, before beginning the demolition work, Village employees will manually remove all salvageable materials, such as ramps, frames, beams and ceilings in good condition, in order to preserve as much of the Faucher home’s heritage as possible. “Although our ardent desire to preserve the authenticity of the house is no longer realistic, we are committed to recovering and reusing everything that can be recovered. “Mr. Bellehumeur summarizes.
Remember that the gossip’s home was engulfed in flames on December 28th, when a beam near the wood stove caught fire. The fire, which was quickly brought under control, was mostly concentrated in the attic structure of the summer kitchen, suggesting limited damage. Unfortunately, the analysis carried out in collaboration with the insurers showed that the entire integrity of the house had been compromised, making demolition inevitable.
As regards the use to be made of the now vacant site, the final scenario is not yet known. Indeed, this decision will be taken in line with the updated VQA development plan.
Le Village québécois d’antan
Le Village québécois d’antan offre à ses visiteurs une expérience culturelle authentique en les plongeant dans le Québec francophone du 19e et du 20e siècle. Constitué de bâtiments véritables, trésors d’architecture de la vie paysanne, ce centre d’interprétation animé redonne vie aux 10 000 artéfacts reçus au fil des ans et constitue une vitrine actuelle sur les us et coutumes, les métiers, le savoir-faire ainsi que les mots qui ont forgé l’histoire d’un peuple.
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