who thinks that new can’t compliment old and still maintain the integrity of
old, has never been to Fanshawe Pioneer
Village! Fanshawe is a wonderful heritage village that honors the “old”
while conforming to modern realities! You will be able to read about our visit to
the Fanshawe Harvest Fest in a few weeks, but until then I thought I would tell
you about some of the ways they have handled difficult challenges.
Challenge #1 – Disability Access: It’s not likely that our pioneer ancestors were too concerned with wheelchairs and disability access. So how does a “heritage settlement” handle this modern challenge? Since wheel chair ramps are a must in today’s society, especially for a public facility, not having ramps was not an option! But what about the “modern” look? Fanshawe’s solution was simply to use old distressed wood. As a result the ramps look like they not only belong there, but that they have been there forever!
Challenge #2 – Recycling and Litter: Blue Boxes and metal garbage cans don’t blend in with heritage buildings and gardens! Fanshawe handled this beautifully. They build old rustic “miniature sheds” and then placed them in strategic locations throughout the village. They have been made so well that they just blend into the “heritage atmosphere”. Judi and I had explored most of the village by the time we realized how Fanshawe had disguised their litter and recycling receptacles!
It is amazing that simple solutions like
these aren’t used by all heritage facilities. A little imagination goes a long
way. If you are in the