Heritage Legacy Fund Update: The Potato House

Based in the downtown core of Williams Lake is the 1940s heritage property, and 2015 Heritage Legacy Fund project, The Potato House.

The house was built by true Cariboo Pioneers, the Borkowski Brothers, who learnt their trade through a railway library loan, reading by lamplight at night and setting to work building houses the next day.  Eventually creating a whole block, which became known as the “Borkowski Block”.

The Potato House was set in the middle of the block and was eventually given its nickname when a later owner and his wife became known for their subsistence garden and the plentiful potatoes that grew there.

Thanks in part to the Heritage Legacy Fund, the house is now being restored to its former glory, respectfully replacing the wooden windows and roof. The community project is preserving not only the history of the building which will be used for community events, but also its gardens as once again the land is being used to grow food, including those infamous potatoes!

You can find out more about the Potato House and the artifacts found within its walls, in the ten Time Capsule episodes using the below link. 

» Potato House Project Time Capsule Videos

2016 Heritage Legacy Fund projects will be announced in August, 2016.

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